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You can be pretty sure that back in 1605, a certain Guy Fawkes was hoping he would go down in history. He did, but for all the wrong reasons as it turned out.

You can bet that he probably didn’t expect to be written about in a blog about pets 410 years later!

But November 5th, the annual celebration of the failed gunpowder plot to assassinate a king, is often the most anticipated day of the year for pet owners, again for all the wrong reasons.

Many animals – cats, dogs and other pets – find the barrage of whoops, bangs and whistles that accompany fireworks very frightening. As Bonfire Night now seems to stretch over more than a week, it can be a stressful time of year for owners and pets.

If you know your animal gets anxious at this time of year, take steps to create a calm environment for them where they can feel safe.

There is a range of products available to help calm your animals including tablets, drops, sprays and collars.

If your dog suffers particularly badly at this time of year consider using an anti anxiety shirt. Available in a small, medium and large the wrap around design uses lavender sachets to help calm anxious dogs.

It has removable and adjustable leg straps and flexible Velcro closures give added comfort and versatility. The shirt also has a reflective trim to help your dog be seen at night.

Calming spray

Another option is a calming spray that can be used for all pets including cats, dogs, rodents, horses, rabbits, gerbils, other mammals and birds.

It is based on a special blend of essential oils, including Valerian, Vetivert, Basil Sweet, and Sage, and can be used in conjunction with a plug-in diffuser for the best results.

You can spray it on the bedding, carpet, in the car, hutch, stables or horsebox to give a calming but non sedative effect.

If you’re looking to address problems specifically for your cat, there are products available dependent on whether your pets will tolerate sprays, spot on or drops.

As well as tackling anxiety issues during the firework season, all of the products can be used to help with stress in other situations such as visits to the vet or cattery, thunderstorms, travelling in the car, or moving house.

How to make fireworks more bearable for animals
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