About 40% of dogs in the UK have some form of noise phobia and with firework night upon us how do can we manage this for them?
While many of us enjoy celebrating Bonfire Night, firework displays can often be scary for pets and livestock.
This time of year can be stressful for pets and their owners alike, as people tend to set fireworks off on the run up to Bonfire Night and even afterwards.
If your dog or cat suffers every time they hear a rocket or firework explode there are things you can do in advance such as buying pheromone diffusers or speaking to your vet about the therapies and medication available.
On bonfire night itself you can follow some of these simple tips, provided by the RSPCA, which will help keep your pet safe and stress-free:
1. At night close windows and curtains and put on music to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks
2. Comfort your pet if it helps them relax, or leave them alone unless you think they will harm themselves
3. Never punish your pets when they’re scared as this will only makes things worse in the long run
4. Make sure your pet is in a secure environment and they can’t escape if there’s a sudden noise
Just for dogs
1. Close any windows and black out a doggy play area so that your dog can’t see flashing lights.
2. Before fireworks begin move your dog to the doggy play area with all their favourite toys.
3. Ignore the firework yourself. Play with a toy to see if your dog wants to join in, but don’t force them to play.
4. If your dog has a doggy friend that isn’t scared of fireworks keep them together, your dog might be comforted by them.
Just for cats
1. Make sure your cat has somewhere to hide if they want to. For example this maybe under some furniture or in a quiet corner.
2. Don’t try and tempt your cat out as this will cause them to become more stressed.