Understanding this phobia is crucial for pet owners, especially during the upcoming fireworks season. We offer a range of calming supplements to help soothe your pet’s nerves.
Understanding Firework Phobia in Dogs
Before addressing the remedies, it's essential to understand the nature of the problem. Firework phobia in dogs can manifest in several ways:
- Panic and Fear: Shaking, whimpering, hiding, or seeking constant comfort.
- Escape Behaviour: Trying to run away or find a safe place, which may result in injury.
- Restlessness: Pacing or inability to settle.
- Destructive Behaviour: Chewing or destroying objects out of anxiety.
These reactions stem from a dog's natural instinct. In the wild, a loud noise would often signal danger, prompting either a 'fight or flight' response. In our modern world, this translates to the distressed behaviours many owners witness during firework events.
Calming the Storm: Supplements to Help
Recognising the need for solutions, we've listed a range of our most popular calming supplements and products that have shown good results in pacifying dogs during stressful times.
What is it? - Anxitane contains L-Theanine, a component found in green tea, known for its calming properties.
How does it work? - L-Theanine helps modulate brain activities, thereby reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation without drowsiness.
Usage: Tablets can be given twice daily and are palatable for most dogs.
Pet Remedy Spray:
What is it? - A natural de-stressing and calming spray with a unique blend of essential oils.
How does it work? - The spray mimics natural calming agents that provide immediate stress relief.
Usage: Simply spray on the dog's bedding or in the air around them.
What is it? - Chewable tablets containing all natural ingredients.
How does it work? - These chews replicate the pheromone mother dogs release to calm and reassure their puppies.
Usage: Administer an hour before the expected event for optimal results.
What is it? - A natural dietary supplement promoting relaxation.
How does it work? - Contains a blend of herbal ingredients known for their calming effects.
Usage: Can be mixed with food or given directly.
Sileo (Prescription Only):
What is it? - A medicated gel that is specifically designed for dogs with noise phobias.
How does it work? - It acts on the dog's central nervous system, reducing anxiety without sedating.
Usage: Consult your vet, as this medication requires a prescription and Veterinary guidance.
Recommendations and Tips
While supplements provide excellent support, combining them with other calming strategies will further ensure your dog's comfort:
- Safe Space: Create a quiet, darkened room with familiar items where your dog can retreat.
- Distractions: Playing soft music or using white noise machines can help mask the sounds of fireworks.
- Comfort: Stay with your dog, offering comfort and reassurance. Your presence alone can be immensely calming.