West Melton Vet Centre
West Melton Vet Centre - Companion animal Vet Clinic for the community.
If loud noises stress your pet, or your cat likes to explore the neighbourhood without you, it is a timely reminder to check your pet is wearing their name tag containing your up-to-date contact details. This means you are able to be called should your pet escape and doesn’t end up at home.
TIP: Check your pet’s microchip is functioning well and that your contact details are up to date with your local council or the NZ Companion Animal register.
Do big bangs put your pet off their food? Change when you feed your pet or take them for a walk if you know that there will be loud noises that evening, like Guy Fawkes.
Flash! Bang! All the things that come with thunderstorms and fireworks. Bring your pet inside well before dusk and draw the curtains so you can you can dull out the new lights and sounds with an environment they are used to.
Have an area, crate or box available for your pet, if they don’t have a favourite hiding spot they feel safe in (like that far corner under your bed), that they can choose to use so they feel safe. Keep it in a room which is quiet and stock with a good blanket and if needed, spray pheromone spray to help your pet feel more secure.
TIP: Thunder shirts may help your dog feel comforted through the loud noises.
Your pet will feed off your anxiousness if they are scared. The calmer you are, the more reassured your pet will be. Try watching your favourite movie (Secret lives of pets of course) with your pet next to you – a great distraction for both of you.
If your pet is still stressed, or climbing the walls during fireworks or thunderstorms, have a chat to your vet. They will be able to help with stress management for your pet through those loud times.