It seems that fireworks start earlier and earlier each year, with many people not stopping to think of the effect fireworks can have on our dogs. Those puppers who are scared, can have varying degrees of symptoms, from just the odd jump and bark when they hear the bang, to more physical and mental conditions such as severe shaking, vomiting, stress and anxiety. This can lead to chewing furniture, causing damage in the home and having toilet accidents, as some poor dogs are so scared to go out after dark. If no organised events are scheduled to take place, I predict many people will have fireworks at home, leading to worries about health and safety issues, but that’s for another Blog entirely. As dog parents, we have our work cut out, so what can we do to protect our dogs? If your dog is scared of fireworks, there are many things you can do do help them out!
Firstly, don’t leave them alone on bonfire night, make sure you stay home and keep them company. Nothing is more reassuring than a big cuddle. Keep the home warm and cosy, provide a safe spot where your dog can snuggle – be this their bed, under a table or on the sofa. Just see where they feel comfortable, making sure you put down soft cosy blankets and bedding for your dog to nuzzle into and feel safe. Diffuse lavender, frankincense and lemon essential oils throughout your home on a regular basis, both in the days leading up and on bonfire night itself. Doing this will allow the healing properties of the oils to enter your dog’s bloodstream and build resilience. It will also create a calming environment and reduce stress in your dog. Whenever we hear fireworks, we always close the blinds and either put on soothing music slightly louder than normal, or have the TV louder. Walk your dog before dark falls, so it’s just a case of allowing them out to toilet before bed.
Doing all of these things over the last few years has helped Zane immensely. However, the introduction of reiki and the Stardust Calming Balm have been game changing for us and for Zane. I use the balm regularly on Zane as he is a nervous traveller in the car, so I pop it on the pads of his paws and chest daily. This means come bonfire night, his body has built up a defence and resilience to allow him to cope with the sound of fireworks more effectively. We still do all the other things, but it means if we are caught off guard, or like this year the fireworks start very early, Zane is much less stressed and his mind and body are much more prepared and able to cope. Since using the calming balm, Zane has been like a different dog, sometimes it’s as though he doesn’t even notice the fireworks, whereas before he would have been very stressed, panting, pacing, digging, barking and shaking. Sometimes he got in such a state it would trigger an epileptic fit. Thankfully, Zane is much more relaxed and able to cope with bonfire night. If your dog is scared of fireworks, why not give our calming balm a go and also check out our free easy massage ebook to help your dog relax. Sign up to our mailing list here to receive it. Have a very safe and calm bonfire night, see you on the next Blog Lisa xx