Now I'll hold my hands up and admit that I don't like fireworks. They're ok to look at but the noise drives me mad. But the main reason I can't stand them, and the reason that I find neighbours who set them off so inconsiderate, is that they really upset my dog. He cries, he howls, he shakes, he hides; in short he is not a happy spaniel.
I do everything I can to keep him as calm as possible, but I dread this time of year. It seems to be one long run from Halloween right up until New Years.
Because I'm fairly certain that if you have pets too you'll understand what I'm talking about, I thought I'd share a few tips to hopefully make this Bonfire Night slightly less stressful!
My last point isn't about pets, but about the animals outside.. if you're lighting a bonfire then PLEASE CHECK FOR HEDGEHOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS FIRST! This can be done by simply moving your bonfire from one place to another, that way you know you haven't missed anything.
You may remember that we tried out some yummy dog treats from Betty Miller a couple of months ago (review here), these included some calming treats. We've used them a couple of times (trips to the vets, etc) and I'm hoping that they'll help take some of the stress away again when the fireworks start! You can also buy plug-in and sprays to help calm your dogs and cats down, but we haven't tried those before.
If you have any tips for keeping your pets calm at this time of year I'd love to hear them, so please drop me a comment!
Stay safe, x