As October draws to an end, it is sad fact that many pet owners are filled with dread as Bonfire Night draws near. A research paper published in 2013 showed that as many as 50% of dogs can react fearfully to some noise. So it is not a surprise that many dogs have a real fear of firework noise.
There are now several well-developed treatment plans that help prevent noise phobias in puppies and young dogs. These are based on trying to accustom them to a wide variety of sounds at an early age. Anyone with a new pup needs to factor this into their training. If young dogs are already showing signs of being frightened by noise then there are some treatment plans to help – leaving it to see if it just goes away can, without any treatment, result quite commonly in it getting worse. The veterinary team can help you with advice on all this.
If your dog has already got a real fear of fireworks then making a den for them to hide in has shown to be really helpful. As have using pheromones like Adaptil to help make the environment as calm as possible – either using an impregnated collar or a plug-in adaptor. Contact the surgery for advice.
The good news is that there is now a new mouth gel that can be used as an acute treatment to try to help dogs that are already frightened of firework noise. It takes between 15-60 minutes to work and lasts 2 hours. It can be used for up to 5 consecutive dose. This means that if after a couple of hours, it is still noisy then you can safely repeat the dose. The research has showed that in around 75% of dogs with a previous history of anxiety owners found a good or very good response. So, if you are worried about your dog and their reaction to fireworks, then ring the surgery and speak to one of the team.
Fireworks are not just on Nov 5th – parties, weddings, New Yearâ’s Eve, regattas, carnivals. It would be good to have something ready to help. For more help and information https://www.petdialog.co.uk/noise.aspx
Treatment of noise anxiety can be complex, so speak to your vet about an innovative, rapid-acting solution tailored to the timing and duration of the noise anxiety experienced by your dog!