Keeping safe and sound – How to know if your pet is anxious

With autumn upon us, the nights getting darker and the temperatures dropping, we’re soon going to be moving towards celebrations that involve fireworks.

In the UK many towns and cities plan celebrations for Bonfire Night right through to New Year celebrations at the end of the calendar year. As a pet owner, it’s important to be aware of the celebrations in your area and also how to make your pets as safe and comfortable as possible.

Be aware

Fireworks and other loud repetitive noise can cause a lot of stress, particularly in dogs and sometimes in cats. To help determine whether your pet is suffering from anxiety, here our the signs to look for….

Signs of anxiety in dogs:

  • Hiding
  • Trembling
  • Abnormal vocalisation (barking or whining)
  • Panting
  • Pacing of circling the room
  • Displacement behaviour like excessive yawning or lip licking
  • Need to stay close to their owners

Signs of anxiety in cats:

  • Hiding
  • Scratching furniture
  • Urine spraying
  • Overgrooming (can lead to hair loss)
  • Pacing
  • Vocalisation

We’ll be sharing our top tips in preparation for this year’s festive season soon.

If you are unsure about your pet’s behaviour or how best to manager their anxiety,  contact us for more information.