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Firework advice Print E-mail
Monday, 02 November 2015 15:00

Once upon a time, fireworks only went off on November 5th - now they explode for a week either side in some places, to say nothing of other celebrations throughout the year.  This is a very serious problem for some owners whose dogs are petrified by the bangs.  Ideally, do not leave your dog alone if you know there are going to be fireworks in the area, draw the curtains and increase the volume on the television.  It may also help to plug in a pheromone diffuser. When the noise starts, do not comfort the dog (however tempting!) as that merely tells him he is right to be scared.  It's too late for this year but it may help to desensitise your dog to frightening noises by purchasing a CD - you can get them from Amazon and other internet outlets.  If your dog is really paranoid about the noise, anti-anxiety medication from the vet may help but it should only be used as a last resort.  And just because your dog has been fine in the past, do not assume that he/she is immune.  We know of at least one dog who developed a fear of fireworks when she was eight years old - having never previously showed any concern.

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