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Firework therapy for nervous dogs

Doc listening to the cd
Doc's owners said he could not be walked when fireworks were nearby

Dogs that are scared of loud bangs are being offered therapy to help them deal with the sound of fireworks.

A vets in Coalville, Leicestershire, is offering a course that uses a CD of sound effects that can be played to pets to accustom them to the noise.

Backed by soothing pheromones, the dog is initially exposed to very low volumes of recorded firework noise, which are slowly increased.

The vet said the course was especially useful at this time of year.

Andrea Chapman, said her dog, Doc, was terrified of fireworks.

"He is really scared. If he hears bangs while being walked he whimpers and tries to drag us home."

"He does react to the CD. His ears flick and he gets a bit anxious but the more we play it the better he gets and it can see in the future that he will be cured and we are really pleased."

Laura Jones, a veterinary nurse from the Cockburn Veterinary Group, said: "The idea of the CD is to play it at nice calm levels so they get used to the sound and realise it is not a stressful situation and they become nice and calm next year.

"The pheromones are basically something which takes them back to being a puppy, calms them down and we recommend that is put on their beds or in a den."

She added: "It is a good idea to start a course well before there are likely to be real fireworks around as it is very important to be able to control the levels of noise pets are exposed to."

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