I wanted to get this month's blog out early as with the recent change in the weather autumn is in the air and the nights are getting darker. I've seen Halloween products for sale in the shops and before we know it the fireworks will begin.
We know that many of our clients struggle to help their pups manage the ‘firework season’ which seems to extend in length year on year!
The loud bangs and flashes created by fireworks are often very frightening. Some dogs display obvious signs of distress such as barking, whimpering, shaking, jumping about/chasing tails, but also some dogs show only subtle signs such as excessive yawning and panting. Whichever signal your dogs display it's safe to assume that most dogs struggle with such loud and unpredictable noises.
My old dog Branston was severely stressed by fireworks and seemed to get worse year on year. In trying to help him I discovered a herbal product called Scullcap and Valerian from Dorwest Herbs that helped him enormously.
The active herbs naturally support the relaxant pathways within the nervous system, reducing anxiety without immobilising muscles or causing drowsiness. They don't make your pup dopey or wobbly, in fact I understand that the product is often used for agility dogs and show dogs when they need to be alert and focused, yet calm.
With all things preparation is key so if you know your dog suffers with noise phobias, it's a good idea to start now. The tablet gets into your dog's system and naturally starts to relax them so that they are in a calmer state before the scary noises begin.
For situations where you are caught out, for example thunderstorms, or an unexpected neighbours firework display they also do a liquid valerian compound which is a great short term, quicker acting option.
For more information please take a look at www.dorwest.com
I hope this helps, please leave us any comments below.
Lorraine and the team