There is one thing I have in common with alot of cats and dogs – a fear and hatred of fireworks. If anything is going to set off one of my panic attacks, it will be fireworks. I dread this time of year, when there no longer seems to be just one night for letting off fireworks, but a whole season that seems to last for weeks. The logical part of my brain knows that fireworks and thunderstorms aren’t going to harm me, but as soon as the first bang goes off I turn into a complete wreck!
If fireworks affect me like that, imagine how much worse it can be for sensitive cats and dogs who do not know the cause of these frightening noises, or where they are coming from. Pets can have a range of reactions to fireworks - one of the spaniels we used to have, Pippa, was petrified of them. She used to run and hide under a table, shake and cry – it was upsetting to see her like that. Henry reacts differently, he runs around the house growling and barking at the fireworks (I think that he thinks someone or something is trying to get into the house) working himself up and getting very stressed. Others simply run from the noise. One of the saddest sights I’ve ever seen was on the 6th of November a few years ago. In the middle of the road there was a black Labrador, who seemed to have bolted from her home straight into the path of deadly traffic.
You can help prepare your pets for fireworks (or any other stressful event) by giving them Dorwest VetinaryScullcap & Valerian tablets for cats and dogs. Dorwest Scullcap and Valerian is a licensed herbal medicine for the symptomatic relief of anxiety, nervousness, excitability and travel sickness in cats and dogs. It is the ultimate herbal combination in a sugar-coated tablet, invaluable to calm and relax dogs and cats suffering from excitability, apprehension, phobias or hyperactivity. It is widely used and particularly effective for those suffering from noise phobias as a result of fireworks, thunderstorms or gunfire.
Henry has been taking the tablets for a couple of weeks now, and took them easily (I just wrapped them in a small piece of ham). They had their first test this weekend as the fireworks started early here. Henry was definitely calmer; he barked initially but soon settled down to eat a treat ignoring the fireworks. When there are even more fireworks next weekend, we will be giving all three dogs Dorwest Valerian Compound to help keep them relaxed. This is an organically certified liquid that acts in around 30 minutes when give by mouth. It can be given in addition to Scullcap & Valerian tablets as a top-up for especially scary moments. Valerian Compound is particularly suitable for cats who will take it with food and a few drops can be placed on to the bedding to help calm your cat.
There is lots of helpful information on the Dorwest website where you can download a leaflet which has lots of advice about helping your pet relax through the firework season.
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