Advice for pet owners during fireworks season – An infographic created by the RSPCA
Many animals find fireworks scary. It's estimated that 45 percent of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. It doesn’t have to be that way though, so don’t ignore the problem.
There are lots of simple things you can do to help your pet deal with fireworks. By preparing in advance before fireworks start your pet will be better able to cope with the noises.
Download the RSPCA leaflet Fireworks frighten animals - Help them feel safe
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 conservatories 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/sound-therapy-for-pets
- 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 www.feliway.com/uk and www.adaptil.com/uk
- 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.