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Firework advice for pets - Top 10 tips

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

We all look forward to firework night; however it is easy to forget how stressful the event is for our pets. Some pets can have extreme reactions to fireworks and noise, which can also create a huge impact on owners’ lives.

Signs of fear:firework pets

  • Trembling and shaking

  • Clinging to owners

  • Barking excessively

  • Cowering and hiding

  • Trying to run away

  • Soiling the house

  • Pacing and panting

  • Refusing to eat

How to keep your pet calm during fireworks night:

  1. Provide a den or hiding place for your pet whilst the fireworks are going off. Place somewhere they usually like to hide and line with familiar smelling towels or blankets. Cover the top with a blanket if possible. 
  2. Consider using pheromone diffusers or sprays such as Pet Remedy, as close to the den as possible. Another alternative is Zylkene or Kalm Aid supplements, which is an oral treatment to help with anxiety. Speak to one of our vets or nurses for more advice on any of these products.
  3. Ignore fearful behaviour. Pets can pick up on their owner’s anxiety which can make the problem worse.
  4. Walk your dog early and before the fireworks are due to start- this will also help to tire them out!
  5. Ensure all windows, doors and cat flaps remain closed to prevent pets escaping. Make sure their identification is up to date, just in case they try to run away.
  6. Make sure your cats have access to enough litter trays, especially if you’re keeping them indoors. Cats often get cystitis during times of stress.
  7. Don’t forget your small furries! Rabbits, guinea pigs or other outdoor pets should be brought inside wherever possible, or at least cover their hutch to help reduce the noise and light.
  8. Provide distractions, such as new toys or treats. Plus draw your curtains and turn on the TV to mask the noise.
  9. Try not to leave your pets alone when the fireworks are going off.
  10. DO NOT punish your pet for any fearful behaviour. This will only make your pet more distressed and worse in the future.
For more information about fireworks and pets, speak to one of our vets or nurses at your local Highcroft branch.


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