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Post  sleepyme123 on Sun May 06, 2012 10:32 am

Fireworks can be a scary time for pets but you can help by following some of these tips and guidelines.

1. Provide a den or hiding place where your pet can feel safe.

2. Increase your pet’s feeling of security by plugging in an Adaptil or Feliway diffuser as close to the den or hiding place as possible, start using the diffuser at least a few days before fireworks are expected.

3. Ignore fearful behaviour, such a panting, shaking and whining. Dogs may pick up on their owner’s anxiety which could make the problem worse.

Further advice:

■ In the run up to Bonfire Night walk your dog when it is still light outside. This reduces the possibility of fireworks being set off and your dog becoming worried.

■ Make sure all windows, doors and cat flaps are securely closed during fireworks night. This will reduce the chances of your pets escaping.

■ Provide extra litter trays for cats in case they are not used to being confined to the house.

■ Provide distractions, for example new toys or chews, while fireworks are happening. Draw curtains and switch on the TV to mask the noise from the fireworks
■ Try not to leave your pets alone while fireworks are going off, pets will be more relaxed when they have a familiar person with them during this time.

■ DO NOT punish your pet! This will only make your pet more distressed.

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