Whether it’s the loud bangs of New Year’s Eve fireworks, or the sound of guests celebrating the festive season, not all pets are happy getting into the spirit of things and can get scared. The best way for you to help your pet is to plan ahead so you are prepared. The first step is to chat to your local Greencross Vets team. Don’t wait until New Years Eve, give them a call a few weeks before so that you have a solution for your pet. We are here to help! Here are our five tips for noise-phobic pets.
1. Stay indoors
Make sure you walk your dog and have a play session with them in the afternoon to ensure they are naturally tired in the evening. Feed them earlier so they are well-fed and comfortable, and ensure they have had a toilet break. Stay in together indoors in the evening, ensuring all doors and windows are closed to block out any excess noise. Close the blinds to reduce flashes of firework light and put gentle music or a TV on inside.
2. Keep calm
Your pet will react to your behaviour, so remember to remain relaxed, speaking in a gentle tone. If your pet usually relaxes by chewing a toy or treat you can help them feel relaxed by providing their toys, treats or a bed that is part of their usual routine.
3. Create a den
Make sure your pet has a safe, secure and comfy environment to retreat to should the noise get too much for them. You can make it comfy with blankets and some of their favourite toys and play some gentle, low-volume music to ease anxiety.
4. Don’t fuss
If your pet decides they want to hide under the bed all evening, that’s fine. Don’t react to their behaviour, unless they are at risk of hurting themselves.
Some owners opt for pheromone diffusers, collars or sprays to aid calmness and relieve stress for their pet. These can help relax anxious pets, please chat to your local Greencross Vets for individual advice for your pet.
If your pet gets very distressed or if you are concerned about them, please speak with your local Greencross Vets team for individual advice, there are many other things we can do to help.