Halloween and Bonfire Night are fast approaching, with trick-or-treaters banging on the door and fireworks wizz-poping in the sky, there is a lot for our dogs and cats to cope with. To do our bit to help we have 10% off our entire calming range and have asked The Dogs Trust and Cats Protection for extra advise.
Our Calming Range
Pet remedy is an ethically tested herbal diffuser and spray range – and it works wonders! A natural de-stressing and natural way of tackling stress and anxiety with slow release technology and a unique infusion of Valerian essential oil, blended with Vetivert, Basil Sweet & Sage. Pert Remedy simply relaxes, not sedates. Treats dog stress, cat stress, rodents, horses, all other mammals and birds. It will also have equally beneficial effects on humans!
For bonfire night plug in your diffuser a few weeks before hand near to your cat or dog’s favourite “safe place” to sleep/hide.
Use the spray’s for acute anxiety, for example, around food, litter trays, in the car or on the pet bed or on your leg at nose hight during walkies.
Mucky Pup Lavender Massage Oil
This wonderful massage oil to provides relief from stress and anxiety. Our dog Shep absolutely adores it, he literally hums with pleasure when he gets his evening massage to relax him before bed.
If your dog is very nervous around bonfire night, this would be a great activity to keep him relaxed and occupied. Simply rub a little oil on your hands and massage gently into your dogs face and neck.
No artificial additives, preservatives, or colourings of any kind – and they are 100% vegan and free from palm oil. They are made in the UK by a small businesses. NOT SUITABLE FOR CATS.
Dog Health Valerianea
Dog Health is our go-to range or basic but brilliant herbal and homoeopathic treatments. They are hand made in the uk and are great value for money. Because they work on Cats, Dogs and Small animals they are especially good for families with lots of animals.
Valerianea herbal tonic will sooth and calm your nervous pet. It contains Aqueous valerian rood, hoodwart, camomile & bitter apple extract.
Simply Syringe a full pipette directly in to your pets mouth about 20 minutes before the desired affects are required. This can be increased up to 5 pipettes and can be repeated hourly if required – this flexibly of dosage is so useful for dogs who just won’t settle.
- Don’t leave your dog alone in the house – he may panic and injure himself.
- Feed him a stodgy meal – a high-carbohydrate meal in the late afternoon may help your dog feel more sleepy and calm.
- Walk your dog before dark – make sure your dog is well exercised and has relieved himself before the fireworks begin.
- Keep your dog busy – play games or enjoy some reward-based training to keep his mind off the noises.
- Give your dog lots of attention – if he’s upset or scared of fireworks, give him attention if he requires it. If his sensitivity is recent, act as if there is nothing to be scared of – jolly him along and praise him for responding positively.
- Provide a safe hiding place – at noisy times around Bonfire Night, make sure your dog has somewhere safe to hide in his favourite room. Close the curtains and turn up the volume on your TV or radio to drown out the firework noises.
- Seek advice from your vet – speak to your vet, who will be happy to help.
A few simple precautions can help owners to keep their cat out of harm’s way:
- Keep your cat in after dark and ensure he has access to a litter tray
- Try to reduce outside noise by keeping windows shut and curtains drawn. Playing soothing music or having the TV on may also help. Try not to reinforce fearful behaviour by soothing and reassuring a cat that is looking anxious
- While cats like to be settled in a cosy, familiar territory such as a comfy bed or favourite chair, when feeling scared they need safe places to hide. Ensure they can exhibit this natural behaviour by providing access to a hiding place, such as under the bed, an igloo-style cat bed or something simple like a cardboard box
- Make sure all doors and windows are securely closed to prevent your cat from escaping the home
If you are having your own bonfire night celebration this year, then consider:
- Buying hand-held cascading fireworks rather than the noisier varieties
- Holding a ‘silent’ fireworks display – many companies now offer quiet or almost silent fireworks – giving you the same spectacle without the loud bangs
- Keeping fireworks and bonfire displays as far away from homes as possible, to minimise any adverse effects on animals indoors, although bear in mind the effect these displays will have on wild animals
- Check bonfires before lighting them to ensure that no small animals are sleeping inside