Keep Your Pets Safe This Bonfire Night

3rd Nov 2016


There is a lot you can do to help your pet cope with the stress of the fireworks season.

Below are some tips to help you make your pets more comfortable during the fireworks season.

  • Rabbits and guinea pigs should be brought into sheds, unused garages or conservatoires and kept a close eye on. Loud bangs can be terrifying for them.

  • Keep your pets indoors. Once they are inside, make sure all windows, doors and cat flaps are securely closed. This will reduce the chances of your pets bolting/running off.

  • It helps to draw the curtains, turn on the TV and distract them with toys, but don’t force them to play if they don’t want to.

  • Provide extra litter trays for cats if they are not used to being confined to the house.

  • Walk dogs earlier in the day before the fireworks are likely to start.

  • Don’t leave your pets on their own, they will be more relaxed around familiar faces.

  • Don’t punish or get angry with your pets.

  • Building a den for your pet gives them somewhere to hide when they feel worried. Prepare the den a few weeks before so that your pet can get used to it. Allow your pet free access to the den and do not force them to use it.

  • Make sure that your pet is appropriately identifiable in case he/she does escape during the fireworks. In addition to an identification tag we recommend microchipping.

Talk To Us

If you have any concerns about your pet’s safety around fireworks give us a call on 01858462839 or pop in to talk to one of our veterinary nurses. You can also book an appointment with a vet to discuss your options.

There are various routes to helping your pet cope with fireworks fear:

  • Sound files are available to help get your pets used to loud sounds. The idea is to play the sound files at low volume while going about your daily routines, and gradually increase the volume over a period of time. An example of such sound therapy is Sounds Scary, available for free from Dogs Trust along with full guidelines: www.dogstrust.org.uk

  • There are also products on the market that can help alleviate your pets’ fear. These ideally need to be started some weeks before fireworks start. We stock products such as;

  • In some cases we may refer pets to an APBC certified behaviorist as noise phobias can be an escalating condition.

  • Another useful product available is Thundershirts - www.thundershirt.co.uk

  • Special diets can be used in keeping your pet calm.

 

If you would like to speak to one of our staff or need more information, please contact us on 01858462839 or email enquiries@ashtreevets.co.uk