Don't Fear The Fireworks

As the festive season is in full swing and New Year's Eve approaches, you can bet there will be fireworks going off somewhere.

You might enjoy the show but your dog may find fireworks excruciatingly loud and absolutely terrifying.

Here are our top tips to help keep your dog safe and calm during the event:

1. Bring your dog indoors during fireworks or if you know they are scheduled

2. Try to arrange a family member or friend to stay with your dog during the fireworks if you can't be home

3. Make sure you keep all windows and doors closed and all gates secure

4. Provide a small, dark and safe place for your dog to retreat to - a blanket over a table can help

5. It's a good idea to put your dog in a room with a television or radio turned up

6. Try products like Adaptill, Feliway and Zylkene to lower anxiety levels and promote calmness.

7. In extreme cases of anxiety, you can speak to your vet about prescribing a mild sedative

You should also make sure your dog is wearing an identification tag and is microchipped (and that the details are up to date), just in case there is an escape.

Please note: Medication  needs to be given well before the fireworks get going so it's always a good idea to check with your local council as to when fireworks are scheduled in your area.