We know from personal experience how distressing it can be when your dog is afraid of loud bangs, and with ‘fireworks season’ becoming longer and less predictable, knowing how to calm your dog during fireworks is more challenging than ever. The good news is that there are steps you can take to help your four-legged friend and restore calm in your home during this time.
Preparation is key, so if you know your dog is afraid of fireworks, it’s a good idea to start planning ahead – ideally at least a month in advance and especially if they have a severe phobia. During this time, giving our Scullcap & Valerian Tablets for Dogs daily can help naturally relax your pet so they are in a calmer state when the scary noises start. Best results are seen when used alongside gentle and consistent behavioural training (e.g. noise desensitisation programmes).
Don’t worry if you’re reading this just a few days before bonfire night though – noise phobia in dogs is common and it’s never too late to help your pet with their fireworks fear. A lot of the things that you can do to support your pet can still be implemented and even if you start Scullcap & Valerian Tablets now, your pet will still benefit.
Naturally dial down your pet’s fireworks fear
How to help dogs afraid of fireworks (for severe phobias):
> 1 MONTH to go
If your pet has a severe phobia, they will benefit from being given Scullcap & Valerian Tablets daily, starting now.
Desensitise – Consider starting a firework desensitisation programme now, to gently get your pet used to fireworks sounds and help reduce their fear.
(For Moderate Phobias):
10 DAYS to go
Start giving Scullcap & Valerian Tablets daily.
Create a safe place – A pet crate covered with a heavy blanket, containing treats, favourite toys and a water bowl provides a nice hidey-hole for a pet to escape to. Give your pet time to get used to it and never force them to go in.
ONE DAY to go
If necessary, double the amount of Scullcap & Valerian Tablets (or start giving now – it’s never too late!).
ID check – Make sure your pet’s microchip details are up to date and they are wearing a collar with an ID tag, so that if they escape, they can be quickly and safely returned.
The BIG DAY
Keep giving the Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian Tablets at a higher rate but give the evening tablet(s) before dusk.
Take them for an early walk – Go for a long walk earlier in the day while it’s still light – before the bangs start!
Act normal – Be a good example by remaining calm yourself. Stay with your pet to reassure them with your presence and respond to their signs of fear with calming words but try to behave as normally as possible.
Keep the noise out – The background noise from TVs and radios can help provide a simple solution for noise phobia in dogs (don’t be tempted to turn them up above normal though), make sure windows are firmly covered and all external doors are shut.
Split the daily recommended number of Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian Tablets across AM and PM and double this amount on the day that a scary event is anticipated. Don’t forget to have our Valerian Compound for Dogs ready to give as a fast-acting top-up, if needed.
What is it that they say about ‘the best-laid plans’…? For situations where you are ‘caught-out’, for example, thunderstorms or an unexpected fireworks display, our liquid Valerian Compound for Dogs is a great short-term and quicker-acting option. If you have a fearful cat, they especially love it if a few drops are placed on a cloth wherever they sleep, to help them relax. Dorwest Valerian Drops can also be used alongside Scullcap & Valerian Tablets for a ‘top-up’ if needed.
Trusted by pet owners and veterinary professionals for over 50 years, the active herbs in both of these products help to naturally support the calming pathways within the nervous system, reducing your dog’s anxiety without immobilising muscles or causing drowsiness. They don’t make pets dopey or wobbly – in fact, our Scullcap & Valerian products are widely used for agility and show dogs when they need to be alert and focussed, but calm.
We have received so many lovely testimonials about how our Scullcap & Valerian products have helped restore calm in households that were often ruled by their four-legged family members’ anxiety and fear – so we really hope they can help you and your pet get through fireworks season stress-free too.
We’ve recently made a few changes to our Scullcap & Valerian Tablets:
Find out more about how to calm your dog during fireworks night or get in touch with one of our experienced advisors to learn more about our Scullcap and Valerian for dogs. Call us on 01308 897272 or use our contact form. Plus, get free UK delivery on orders over £50.
Please remember, you should always consult a vet if you are concerned about your pet’s health.