Published on: 10/25/18
While fireworks are generally enjoyed by both adults and children alike, it can be an altogether different story for your pet. Dogs and cats can become highly stressed or frightened when subjected to the loud noise generated by the bangs and explosions of bonfire night.
Fireworks are both loud and unexpected and because of this, many animals perceive them as a real threat. This triggers their “flight” response, resulting in a whole lot of panicked poochies and crazy kitties.
Of course, dog and cat anxiety is no laughing matter. In the US, it is reported that more dogs go missing on July 4th than any other day of the year, with most “spooking” or running off as a result of the loud noise caused by the day's celebrations.
As cats and dogs have a more acute sense of hearing than humans, it's pretty obvious why our furry friends have such a hard time dealing with these kinds of disturbances.
Can CBD Hemp Oil Help?
There are a variety of ways in which you can help to keep your pet calm during these times of celebration. Research has suggested that the calming benefits of CBD hemp oil could be a great natural remedy for dog anxiety or our other beloved creatures.
CBD can potentially offer tremendous relief for humans with anxiety, so why not pets too? While research on CBD for anxiety in pets is somewhat limited, there are ongoing studies into CBD as a treatment for both pain and epilepsy in animals that could suggest its effectiveness.
Anecdotal evidence from pet owners, particularly those of dogs, is increasingly positive. Many report great results when treating their pets with CBD; especially in the area of dog and cat anxiety.
We now know that humans have an ECS (Endocannabinoid System) that is responsible for maintaining health and balance within our bodies, but so too do dogs, cats, and horses!
With so many animal lovers attesting to its effectiveness as a treatment for cat and dog anxiety, it is no wonder a growing number of people are turning to CBD for their pets. That being the case, there is genuine hope amongst veterinarians, scientists, and animals lovers that CBD could very well help to improve the health and wellbeing of our extended animal family.
So, with Halloween and Bonfire night just around the corner, you may be wondering “How can I help minimise pet anxiety?”
We’ve come up with a list of helpful tips and advice on how to keep your pets calm and relaxed during the firework season:
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10 Ways to Keep Your Pet Calm During Firework Season
1) Be Prepared
- It’s vital to be aware of any upcoming events in your area so check your local media for details of anything that could cause undue stress to your animal
- Don’t forget to check with your neighbours to find out if they have any bonfire parties scheduled
- Make sure your animal gets as much exercise as possible earlier in the day to burn their energy, which will help to keep your pet calm during the evening’s celebrations
- Keep your animals indoors where possible
2) Keep them Indoors
- It might seem obvious, but never take a dog to a firework display and if you are planning on attending one yourself, don’t leave your animals home alone
- Don’t forget to close all your windows and doors as well as curtains and blinds to keep pets calm and muffle any loud noises
3) Keep a Close Eye on Them
- While some pets may seem to be unaffected by a firework display, they may be frozen with fear - it is always a good idea to keep a close eye on them and monitor their behaviour
- Do not tell them off or try to force them to confront their fears; this will only increase their stress or anxiety
- Give them plenty of love, attention and companionship to help them feel reassured
4) Give them the Option of a Safe Space
- Both cats and dogs love to have their own safe space and that can be especially true when loud fireworks are going off; you might want to consider buying a soundproof crate (they also serve as a great comfort from other stressors too)
- Add in some warm and cozy blankets and some of their favorite toys to make it a hound’s (or feline) heaven, with plenty of distractions
5) Cover up the Noise
- A TV or stereo is a great way to drown out the sound of loud fireworks - try music that sounds familiar to your pet
- You can also try a fan which provides white noise and helps to provide a calming aid for dogs and other animals
6) Keep your Pet Distracted
- Distract your pet with all their favorite toys and treats - if they do not accept the treat, back off and give them more time to adjust to the noise
7 ) Try CBD Oil
- Like humans, each animal is unique and may react to CBD differently - always consult your vet before using any new treatment or supplement
- CBD oil is showing tremendous potential as a treatment for pets suffering from anxiety; start your pet off on a small dose of CBD and then gently increase their dosage over the course of 4-5 weeks; this will ensure their body gets used to the supplement and you can measure the effects over a longer period to find your pets’ CBD “sweet spot”
8) Try Sound Therapy
- Training your pet with sound therapy could really help to reduce cat or dog anxiety and is especially effective when training young animals
- By getting your animal adjusted to these loud sounds, this type of therapy helps to acclimatise your pet to the noises that are present all-year round like loud traffic and building works as well as those noisy fireworks
9) Try a Natural Remedy
- There are lots of natural remedies for dog anxiety as well as calming treats for dogs that could help to give your animal some relief on fireworks night including chamomile and lemon balm
- Want to know how to calm down a cat? If you are looking to give your cat stress relief, try catnip - made from a natural perennial herb from the mint family labiatae - a well-known method of reducing cat anxiety
- Give catnip to your cat 15 minutes prior to a stressful event and following a little exuberance, they will settle down into a period of extended calm
10) Avoid Sedatives
- Pet sedatives might seem like an easy solution if your animal is suffering with high levels of anxiety, but there are several negative effects that make sedatives a bad idea for animals.
All animals are different and while some will barely even notice the noise and commotion of fireworks displays, others will become stressed and anxious. Therefore it is really important to make sure your animals are safe at home and given plenty of love and attention that will help to keep your pet calm.
Indeed, as you can see, there are many different calming aids for dogs and while it might take a little trial and error, you will end up discovering what’s best for your animal in the long run.
If you have any experience on how to calm down a cat or any tips on calming aids for dogs, let us know! Keep us up to date with how you keep your pets calm and safe during the holidays. Please feel free to share them by visiting us on our Facebook page or if you need help check out our in-depth guide to CBD and pets.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).