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How to calm your dog during fireworks

We know how distressing it can be when your dog has anxiety or is afraid. With ‘fireworks season’ becoming longer and less predictable, managing your fearful pet is more challenging than ever. The good news is that there are steps you can take to help and naturally relax your pet without causing drowsiness. This is great for keeping your dog calmer around the firework season.  Best results are seen when used alongside gentle and consistent behavioural training, such as noise desensitisation programmes, allowing a sense of calm in your household during fireworks.

87% of dog owners saw less fireworks anxiety with Scullcap & Valerian Tablets (2022 trial – full data available on request)

We have put together a Firework Fear Kit to help your dog cope during firework season - £28

This kit contains:

  • 3 x 130g bags of Feelwells Goodnight Treats – containing Scullcap, Valerian & Chamomile
  • 100 Dorwest Herbs Scullcap & Valerian Tablets
  • 30ml Dorwest Herbs Valerian Compound

How to use the Firework Fear Kit

Scullcap & Valerian

These specially selected ingredients work together to help tackle stress, fear and anxiety in your pet:

Valerian – Sedative effects on the nervous system, not musclesMistletoe – Helps circulation & relax the nervous systemScullcap – Contains compounds which bind to the GABA receptor & reduce anxietyGentian – Supports other active ingredients & aids liver de-toxification

Specially selected active herbs work together to help reduce stress, fear and anxiety in pets.

Uses: Give daily. For moderate phobias start ten days before, for severe phobias start one month before.Best used as a course.

Administration Instructions:

Dogs and cats: 1 tablet for every 5kg bodyweight per day, ideally split morning and night.When the stressful situation is at its worst, this amount can be doubled.

Give the second administration 2 hours before dusk and maintain double amounts for as long as necessary.


Valerian Compound

Help calm your frightened pet quickly and naturally, with our easy-to-give liquid that contains pure extracts of three herbs:Vervain – Helps to ease anxiety by restoringthe nervous systemValerian – Anti-spasmodic and relaxantMistletoe – Supports the natural calmingpathways within the nervous system andhelps circulation

Contains pure extracts of three herbs in liquid form, which ensure it acts within just 30 minutes.

Uses: Can be used for unplanned events and especially frightening ‘one-off’ situations, and as an addition to Scullcap & Valerian Tablets as a ‘top-up’

Administration Instructions:

Dogs: By mouth or in food.Small dogs: 1/4 tspMedium dogs: 1/2 tspLarge dogs: 1 tspGiant breeds: 1 – 1 1/2 tsp

Cats: A few drops on bedding and a further 1/4 tsp by mouth or in food when fireworks are severe, or in other stressful situations.

Countdown Action Plan

1 Month to Go 

If your dog has a severe phobia, they will benefit from being given Scullcap & Valerian Tablets and Goodnight Treats on a daily basis now

Consider starting firework desensitisation programmes for their anxiety. Gently introduce the sound of fireworks to your pet in the hope of helping them realise that they have nothing to fear.

10 Days to Go

For moderate phobias, start giving Scullcap & Valerian Tablets and Goodnight Treats daily – split the dose between AM &  PM

Creating a safe, snug area for your pet to retreat to if they feel anxious helps them if they feel things are getting a bit too much to handle. A pet crate covered with a heavy blanket helps block some of the noise

1 Day to Go

If necessary, double the dose of Scullcap & Valerian Tablets and Goodnight Treats or start giving now – it is never too late

Make sure that your pet’s microchip details are up to date and they are wearing a collar with an ID tag, so that if they escape, they can be quickly and safely returned to you

The Big Day

Keep giving the Scullcap & Valerian Tablets and Goodnight Treats at the higher rate with a dose being given just before dusk.  Ensure Valerian Compound is ready for top ups if necessary

TVs and radios can help provide some background noise. Act normal. Your pet looks to you for cues as to whether they need to be worried so stay with your pet to reassure them with your presence.  Comfort them if they want you to, if they choose to hide then let them be, just make sure that there is water available wherever they are.

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