As Halloween and bonfire night approaches, Island VetCare would like to remind owners of how traumatic this time of year can be for dogs and other pets. Vet Matt says “Fireworks, people in costumes knocking on the door and flashes of light can be terrifying for pets and even result in escape or aggression”.

Island VetCare advises all pet owners to:
• Feed and walk your dog before fireworks are likely to start.
• Keep windows, doors, curtains and cat flaps closed and turn up the volume on the TV or radio.
• Make sure your pet is shut in a room before opening the front door so he doesn’t bolt out (as a precaution don’t take off their collar and ID tag).
• Let pets hide wherever they feel safe; make a den for your dog to retreat to or let them take refuge under furniture and include a blanket or clothing that smells familiar. Pets pick up our behaviour so remain relaxed and happy rewarding their calm behaviour with treats or a game.

Ask your vet about supplements or medication that can help keep your pet relaxed. Fear of noises can get worse if not addressed. Desensitising your dog to loud noises is best done away from fireworks season.

Click on the link below for some fantastic information from the Dogs Trust on Sound Therapy for your pets: