How to keep your pets safe & happy during fireworks
Every year on the 5th November bright dazzling fireworks dance across the sky in celebration of bonfire night.
We believe the key to help keep your pets safe is knowing when to expect the fireworks and to be prepared in advance.
Find out when the displays are going ahead in your local area and ask your neighbours if they are holding any firework-themed gatherings.
Why are pets scared of fireworks?
Many dogs and cats find fireworks scary. 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.
How to calm dogs during fireworks:
- Walk them during daylight hours to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off
- Close windows and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks
- Put on some music or tv to mask the firework sounds
- Create a quiet space where your dog can feel in control
- Create some hiding places around your home
How to keep your cats safe during fireworks:
- Provide hiding places in your home where your cat feels the safest
- Cats can become more stressed if they're outside during fireworks, they might want to escape outside, however, it is safer for them to stay indoors
- Microchip your cats in case they're startled and do escape outside
How to treat firework phobia
If your pets are particularly stressed, we advise that you seek advice from your vet who will, if necessary, be able to refer you to a professional clinical animal behaviourist
Good luck this Bonfire Night!