Fireworks can cause a lot of stress for some pets. Our staff at both the Dorchester and Weymouth surgeries will be happy to help and advise if you have any worries regarding your pets and fireworks. All of the following products are available from both our vets in Dorset.
Adaptil Diffuser For Dogs
Adaptil contains “DAP” which stands for “Dog Appeasing Pheromone.” It puts into the air a hormone smell that has a calming effect on the dogs exposed to it.
The diffuser simply plugs into an electric plug socket and will continuously work for 4-6 weeks.
The pheromone released is undetectable to humans and has been proven to dramatically calm nervous and upset dogs. Clinical trials have shown that there was an 80% improvement in clinical signs (i.e: shaking, panting etc).
It is advisable for best results to start using the Adaptil diffuser at least ONE month before the event although in some cases TWO weeks is sufficient.
Feliway works for cats in the same way that the Adaptil diffuser works for dogs by releasing calming pheromones into the environment.
Feliway is used to restore a cats natural balance by recreating the same pheromone used when a cat rubs its face on objects.
It is important to start using the feliway plug in at least ONE month before the event to gain maximum benefit although in some cases TWO weeks is sufficient.
**Both ADAPTIL and FELIWAY are now available as a more rapidly acting SPRAY and ADAPTIL is also available as a collar
Zylkene Capsules For Dogs And Cats
Given once a day from the day before an expected stressful situation. They are a natural product which just helps your pet deal calmly with a potentially stressful situation such as Firework Night.
The capsules can be split and put in food or swallowed whole. They can be given for a short time or continuously if required. No side effects have been associated with their use.
A licensed herbal medicine for symptomatic relief of nervousness and anxiety. It is used to calm and relax animals suffering from phobias and apprehension. It is particularly useful for treatment of noise phobias caused by fireworks.
One of its benefits is that it will not cause drowsiness or impair your pets normal behaviour.
The tablets are available in pots of 100 or 500 and should ideally be started TWO weeks before on a maintenance dose. If it is too close to the event a higher dose can be used. Valerian Compound liquid can be given for those especially scary moments as it starts to work within 30 minutes.
This CD will take time so ideally you should start using it TWO or THREE months before firework season begins.
The CD comes with full instructions that enables you to play the sounds of fireworks to your dog over a period of time, gradually increasing the noise levels.
You will need to be there to reward your dog when it demonstrates calm behaviour, thus enforcing that when they hear real fireworks they will come to no harm.
Over several weeks your dog will become accustomed to the noises and so when the real thing happens they will not panic. The CD is produced by qualified behaviourists who have developed it over a number of years.