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Dogs on bonfire night

Would have posted this on the forums but it's urgent.
I've got both the dogs tonight alone as both daughter and OH are on late shift. Minnie doesn't seem to be bothered by fireworks but Max goes barmy and even a few last night sent him off. Did somebody mention giving dogs Bach Rescue Remedy? If so what dose for a springer?

Posted at 5th Nov 2008 - 10:45AM   Posted by Toady   Dogs on bonfire night Comments: 10

Salle de Bain's Avatar Sorry...don't know the answer re: Bach Rescue Remedy, but we had a golden labrador who was absolutely terrified of fireworks. She hid shaking under the table with her tail between her legs.

I know not everyone would approve, but we would always let her have her bed in our bedroom on that night....we couldn't bear the thought of her being down stairs on her own in a hysterical state. Mind you, she usually ended up IN the bed with us by morning!!

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 5th Nov 2008 at 11:59AM

Patsy's Avatar Tricky problem this time of year. Even our dog, used to shotguns, is a wobbly wreck when the first fireworks start.

There are as many remedies out there as rockets in the skies which tells you none of them are 100% effective, short of knocking the poor dog out cold.

Unfortunately there is also tremendous individual variation depending on the dog's level of anxiety.

A tranquiliser tablet from the vet may flatten one dog and cause even more paradoxical excitement in another so a trial and error approach may be needed a few days before the main firework problem. Not helpful to you Toady, sorry.

But your vet has several options on medication (ACP tablets, diazepam, Vallergan) but proper advice is needed to get a safe dose especially if your pet has any exsisting medical problems. DAP diffusers work for some, Rescue Remedy too(a few drops on the tongue) and recently I've heard good reports of Valerian and Skullcap. No luck for me with homeopathy.

Practical help...close curtains early, turn on radio, TV, plenty of exercise before it gets dark then feed a high carbohydrate meal (to the dog but you too if you like!) to help induce drowsiness.

Above all appear to be unconcerned yourself or your dog will feed off your anxiety too.

Good luck!

Posted by: Patsy on 5th Nov 2008 at 12:56PM

Faith's Avatar The worst thing for my poor little Yorkie is when he has to go out into the garden to do a poo (sorry if tmi!) and there are fireworks. He isnt upset by them when he's in the house, and I do what Patsy advises - close curtains, put on TV loudly etc.

Salle - he always sleeps in the bedroom anyway. He has a little bed under my bedside table!

Posted by: Faith on 5th Nov 2008 at 03:52PM

Ivy's Avatar I am blessed with a fearless JRT she LIKES firework and is ever so upset that I won't let her out on Dec 31st after dark because she'd rather burn herself than not play with the firework (no fireworks here today). But Rescue remedy is great . Sorry can't find my book but the same amount you'd give to a four year old (maybe you can google it?)

Posted by: Ivy on 5th Nov 2008 at 05:43PM

Westerwitch's Avatar We used to have to dope our dog Penny because the fireworks distressed her so much.

Luckily where we live there are no fireworks . . .

Thank you Patsy for your brilliant answer.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 5th Nov 2008 at 08:55PM

Toady's Avatar Thanks Patsy for your reply.
In the end I gave him two drops of Rescue Remedy and he hasn't been too bad. Remind me again at New Years Eve.

Posted by: Toady on 5th Nov 2008 at 09:00PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Too late for tonight but another one to try could be Arg Nit (homeopathic) - get it from Boots or health shops.... Some animals respond really well to it (ones that tend to have anticipation anxiety). Phos is another one for very highly strung, but loving dogs.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 5th Nov 2008 at 10:03PM

Rescue Remedy is always FOUR drops. Either on the dog or cat where it can get through their skin, like on back of neck, rubbed on paws etc, or 4 drops in water. I do both if they are really upset. You may need to repeat dosage over weekend, I don't think this is the end of the fireworks yet!

Posted by: Crucifix on 5th Nov 2008 at 11:49PM

Camilla's Avatar Huge sympathy Toady, I know just what you mean, Daisy Boo loathes fireworks, she is sooo distressed.

Wonderful tips here, thank you.!


Posted by: Camilla on 6th Nov 2008 at 02:18AM

Toady's Avatar Can we have this one transferred to the Animals forum please? I will have forgotten all this by the time the next lot comes around. BTW is it safe to use any of these remedies repeatedly ie over a few nights running. I'm in loco parentis for Max and if anything happened to him on my watch I'd never be forgiven.

Posted by: Toady on 6th Nov 2008 at 06:41AM

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