Spare a thought for anxious pets - The Evesham Observer

Spare a thought for anxious pets

REMEMBER, remember the fifth of November is stressful every year for pets but this year, especially, could have a major impact on our furry friends.

Pets are even more anxious this year than previously due to owners returning to work after spending so much time at home during the pandemic.

Worcestershire’s Animal Welfare Officer, Pip Singleton, is urging residents not let off fireworks at home.

Pip, who works for Worcestershire Regulatory Services, said: “Nowadays, with such easy access to fireworks, Bonfire Night can drag on for weeks.

“Fireworks have become bigger, louder and brighter – a lot of our four-legged friends find them terrifying.

“This can result in our pets being extremely anxious.

“Organised events are more animal-friendly and are generally held within a week.”

Here are some top tips for home remedies that will help your pets this firework season:

• Keep pets indoors, close doors and windows.

• If you are going out, leave the radio or television on low, so it will disguise the bangs

• Make them a snuggly den out of blankets, creating a place for them to hide

• Invest in toys that will occupy your pets such as lick matts or Kong’s filled with goodies.

Alternatively, scatter some treats around your home for pets to sniff out.

• Take dogs for walks and exercise horses in the daylight

• Consider homeopathy remedies, for example plug-ins to help relax your pet.

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