Fireworks and your pets

Posted by Mark Neville on August 23, 2012 0 Comments

All year round fireworks are enjoyed the world over, whether in recognition of a special event, momentous occasion or just because you like them... But how do our furry friends feel about the UK’s firework fascination? It goes without saying that if not handled properly fireworks, whether professional firework displays, or private, can be a source of real fear for many animals and pets.

If you’re planning some celebration fireworks then here are a few tips to ease the stress for your pets at home.

Cats and dogs

  • Make sure both cats and dogs have somewhere to hide and access to their chosen place at all times.
  • Try and walk the dog during the day so both cats and dogs can stay inside when the fireworks are likely to go off.
  • Close all the windows and curtains. It’s also a good idea to put some music on to help mask the sound outside.
  • Make sure there isn’t a way for them to escape if there’s a sudden noise.
  • Never punish or fuss over your pets if they are scared - it will only makes things worse in the long run.

Don’t forget the smaller pets

  • If you have pets that live outside then partly cover cages, aviaries and pens with blankets so that one area is sound protected, but so that your pet can still see out.
  • Lots of bedding goes a long way - provide it so your pet has something to burrow in.

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