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Anxiety of thunder and fireworks.

Published on: November 24, 2022 • By: rima d · In Forum: Dogs
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rima d
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November 24, 2022 at 06:23pm
My senior dog is extremely afraid of thunder and fireworks. what can I give her to calm her". As soon as it get darks she hides under the sink in bathroom
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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November 24, 2022 at 08:47pm
Hello! The main thing that you should give a frightened animal is somewhere where they feel relatively safe, to hide.  If thats the bathroom then it's the bathroom, as long as they are safe (check for hazardous chemicald etc if its not a room they usually use and leave any toilet lids closed).  There may be 'calming' products available from your vet that can be put in the 'safe' spot for extra reassurance (the pet should be accostomed to this before the big night); the smell of relaxation (perhaps a coat you have worn for a walk, or bedding of theirs) may help.  The idea is to create a bolt hole, a place of relative safety and not a prison - pets should be able to choose to use it or not. In the past. Vets used to sedate some animals at certain times of year; the evidence shows that some of these products are less useful than it used to be thought, somd actually immobilising the pet without necessarily removing the fear sensation.  Your vet should discuss this with you. There is a discussion going into much more detail about anxiety in the blog.  I think that if you type the word 'firework' into the Blog search-bar, you should be able to access it. I hope that something there helps.
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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November 24, 2022 at 08:58pm
WHAT TO SEARCH FOR IN THE BLOG.   Hi - I've just run a search and the best discussion to read is actually called, "Should fireworks be banned for animal wealfare" and the most useful bits to answer your question are about 3/4 of the way down the article, although its all worth a read.  Typing 'fireworks' into the blog search also brings up some other articles that you may find interesting.  Wishing you and your dog the best of luck.
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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November 24, 2022 at 08:59pm
And as relaxed as possible Christmas and New Year.
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