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PATS Harrogate: Keeping Pets Calm As Firework Season Nears

14 September 2014

ANALYSIS - As the dark nights draw in, festivities such as halloween and bonfire night get closer, which can be a very scary time for our pets, writes Gemma Hyland.

Many pet owners are so concerned about their pet’s firework fears that over 75 per cent of those questioned by Ceva would avoid going out while fireworks are going off.

Alex Wilson, Tellington TTouch training practitioner, says: "The firework season can be a very stressful time for all animals wild and domesticated but at least for our pets there are things that can be done to help."

Alex will be at PATS Harrogate on both days to give advice for pet shop owners as this is often the first point of contact for many pet owners.

AmPet also offers the Thundershirt, Tellington TTouch wraps, along with Thundercaps, all of which are useful tools to help stressed dogs.

Owners could do more

While worried about the anxiety caused by the loud noises and flashes of fireworks, people could do more to prepare their pet for the festivities, as over 40 per cent of owners say they do nothing.

Adaptil® for dogs and Feliway® for cats are scientifically proven to help comfort and reassure pets at times of stress.

Ideally a couple of weeks before Bonfire Night an Adaptil Diffuser should be plugged in the room where a dog spends the majority of its time, or where it sleeps.

Plugging a Feliway Diffuser in the room where a cat spends most of its time 48 hours before firework festivities will help ensure it is as relaxed as possible.

Feliway Spray can also be used on the cat’s bedding for extra security. In multi-cat households, shutting cats in overnight may cause disharmony. A Feliway Diffuser should help to prevent inter-cat tension.

For further information on how to prepare your pet for the firework season, please contact your local veterinary practice or visit or

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Gemma Hyland, Editor

Gemma Hyland, Editor

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