Firework season is just around the corner and this can sadly be a source of fear and distress for many animals. By planning ahead, there are a number of ways that you can help to prepare your pet and alleviate stress. We have collated a list of tips to help your pet cope.
Before the event
• Two weeks before bonfire night you should prepare a safe and comfortable ‘den’ for your pet. They may then wish to hide here when the fireworks begin. This could be a covered create with the door left open, or perhaps in the cupboard under the stairs. Cats often prefer to hide up high.
• Our staff can advise on the use of calming pheromone sprays or diffusers, and other remedies which can help to reduce anxiety.
• Make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing an up-to-date ID tag in case they become startled and manage to escape.
When fireworks are expected
• Ensure your dog is exercised during the day before a fireworks event. You could also try gradually change walking time from dark hours to daylight hours in run up to fireworks evening.
• Keep your pet indoors to keep them safe and secure whilst fireworks are being set off. Provide them with distractions such as food, treats and toys.
• Bring your outdoor pets (rabbits, guinea pigs) into a quiet room, garage or shed if possible. Otherwise, you can cover their hutch to reduce noise and light levels.
• If your cat is used to going outdoors then make sure to provide them with access to a litter tray.
• Close all doors, windows and curtains. Don’t forget to ensure the cat or dog flap is also locked.
• Turn on the television or radio with the volume moderately high to drown out the noise of the fireworks.
• Try to act in a calm and relaxed manner. If you are worried and stressed your pet may pick on this.
• Never punish your pet for showing fear.
If your pet suffers from a severe firework phobia please contact us to discuss this as occasionally medication may be necessary. With tailored advice it may be possible to introduce desensitisation or counter-conditioning for long term control of the problem.