Harrogate, United Kingdom (PressExposure) April 28, 2011 -- Pet experts believe her black Cocker Spaniel, Otto, will also be getting the jitters as he picks up on his mistress's own nerves. And, to help combat the anxiety he may be suffering - and that of the Queen's Corgi's too - leading animal healthcare company, Ceva, is sending over a supply of DAP stress-relieving collars for the royal dogs to wear. The collars, which are also used by the Dogs Trust, provide a synthetic copy of the natural dog appeasing pheromone - proven to help support dogs in a range of stressful situations.
The company also makes Feliway for cats- a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, commonly used by cats to mark their territory as safe.
A Ceva spokesman said: "Animals pick up on their owner's emotions and they too will react to any stressful situations or change of circumstances.
"Weddings are very stressful, particularly for the bride who will be worried about a multitude of things, not just her dress. And in Kate's case, her big day is being shared by tens of millions of people.
"In the days leading up to the ceremony, Otto may not get the attention he is used to, which in turn will cause some anguish. To help him - and the Queen's Corgi's who will need to cope with an influx of visitors - we are sending a batch of DAP collars.
"It's just a pity we haven't anything that will help Kate's nerves!"
The spokesman added that, in addition to the Royal Household, dog and cat owners staging street parties to celebrate the Royal Wedding must "cater" for their pets too, particularly with the likelihood of firework displays.
Below are a number of tips cat and dog owners can follow:
Before The Wedding
Prepare a 'den' for your dog, so that he has somewhere to hide during the day and evening. Encourage him to use it by hiding healthy food treats or toys there. If your dog hides in a corner or under a bed, leave him alone and do not try to coax him out. This 'bolthole' is where he will feel most secure and must be accessible at all times. You can further help create this comforting 'den' for your dog by using a plug in DAP® Diffuser + DAP® Spray
Make sure you cat has access to its preferred room during the party and can get away from everything should it all be too much. Feliway® Diffuser and Feliway® Spray can help
Make sure your pet is microchipped. If they do escape, frightened, confused animals can easily get lost
The Day Of The Wedding
Ensure your dog is taken out for a walk early in the morning before the party begins and early evening before any fireworks start
Draw curtains to reduce the noise from outside and play music or have the TV on to help mask the noise of the party and fireworks
Ignore any fearful behaviour and do not try to comfort your pet. The animal will pick up on your anxiety and this may make the problem worse. Fussing a pet that appears frightened can reward and encourage this behaviour
Don't punish your pet. This only confirms that there is something to be afraid of
Try not to go out while the fireworks are going off. Seeing you acting normally will help your pet feel more settled
If you are worried that your pet is taking a long time to recover from exposure to situations such as parties and fireworks, speak to your vet about a behavioural therapy program or referral to a qualified behaviour counsellor
Further information, is available from http://www.secrettohappypets.com