Tips For Fireworks Phobias

Although fireworks can be beautiful to watch they can be very scary and sometimes even dangerous to our pets. The responsible use of fireworks is important to ensure that people and animals aren’t injured and you can help by encouraging this. Here are some tips to help keep your pet safe and calm through fireworks season:

Ensure your pet has a safe and quiet place to ‘get away from it all’ at home.

Have the TV or radio on a high volume to help drown out the noise of fireworks.

Pheromones, in the form of a spray or diffuser or a collar, can be useful to help animals cope with stressful situations.

Take your dog on a good walk before all the activity starts to help tire them out as it may help them to relax.

Rescue Remedy is often a helpful tool to help keep pets calm and alleviate stress – just pop a few drops in their drinking water, in their mouth, on their food or even rub it calmly into their coat. It can be used every few minutes to effect. Sometimes an individualised Bach Flower Essence can help to get to the root of the problem.

Homeopathic remedies may also be helpful. Calming herbs such as skullcap, valerian and lavender have a calming effect are useful. Other herbs such as ginseng and astragalus are adaptogenic and help animals to cope better with stress.

Lavender flowers or essential oil in oil burners may be helpful to help keep your pet calm.

Nutrients such as B vitamins are well known for helping animals and humans deal with stress and reduce nervousness. Other nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids are helpful to moderate extreme behaviours and anti-oxidants can be incredibly useful to help an animal to “feel well in itself” and thereby cope better with stress.

Amino acids like Tryptophan and Theanine can be helpful to bring about the feeling of calmness and well-being

Some dogs benefit from wearing a compression jacket to help keep them calm

Remain calm around your pet – they will pick up on your stress.

Ensure your pet is micro-chipped and is wearing an ID tag so they can be easily reunited with you, should they get a fright and run away.

Desensitisation and behavioural training can be helpful.

Sometimes anti-anxiety drugs can be a wonderful help for animals who are not well enough managed with the above strategies.