Written by Sarah from our Tauranga Clinic team

As the days get longer and the nights get warmer, we find ourselves enjoying more time outside and this includes getting summer off to a BANG (quite literally).

It is Guy Fawkes on Friday 5th of November and we all know what that means…trembling toes and anxious faces on our fur children.

As a per owner your animal reads your emotions very well, they reacted how you react. We suggest using a radio with soothing tunes like jazz music to help calm your pet, this acts as a background buffer and is a good distraction method for your pet.

Fortunately, there are some great natural relaxants on the market for pets. Feliway cat spray and Adaptil dog spray are pheromone sprays which aids in soothing the nervous system by mimicking pheromones the birthing mothers give off to puppies and kittens.

If you are looking for something with that extra kick to help with severely anxious pets, then a visit to your vet can be beneficial as there are some prescription medications that are effective and easy to administer.

We suggest keeping your feline friends inside for the night as we do see an increase of runaway pets during this time.

If your concerns are with your livestock or horses, we would suggest having a chat to your neighbours about the affect fireworks have on your animals, hopefully you can come up with a solution together.

Ensure your horses are in a paddock away from any sharp objects or wire fences as this become a hazard when horses are frightened and try run from the noises.

If you have any questions or would like further advice please call us on 0800 838 7267 and speak to your friendly nurse.