As we say goodbye to Summer and say hello to Autumn the fireworks season is just around the corner.
Whilst many families will look forward to celebrating with bonfires and fireworks many dogs and cats will be facing what they may consider the worst time of year.
Most humans enjoy the unpredictability of the loud bang! So why do our pets fear fireworks so much? Our pets focus on the feeling they are left with once their senses have been affected by the fireworks. They feel scared, threatened and fearful about the environment around them. Your pet will be sensitive and upset, this will cause them further stress.
We have put together a few top tips to help your pet during the firework season…
- Keep your pet indoors when the fireworks are planned – walk your dog in the daylight hours and keep your cat indoors.
- Make sure your house and garden are secure – a scared dog may want to run and hide.
- Feed your pet before the fireworks begin – fear may put them off their food.
- Give your pet open access in the house – keeping them confined to one room may add to their stress and anxiety.
- Create a safe place within the home – a covered comfortable crate will provide a safe haven and somewhere for your pet to hide.
- Provide your pet with something to do – bones, chews and interactive games may be useful.
- Shield your pet from outside noise and flashes – close all curtains and blinds.
- Create a distraction from the loud noises - keep the television on or play music.
- Stay calm – your pet will be able to sense your anxiety.
- Stay at home – dogs and cats should never be left alone on fireworks night.
Try giving your pet something to calm them down and reduce anxiety – there are various natural calming aids we have linked to below that can be given without seeing the vet.