Firework season for pets can be a really stressful time. With fireworks being set off nearby or in the distance it is hard for them to escape the scary noises.
It is up to pet owners to be able to recognise signs of fear and stress in their animals and then do what we can to help them feel better.
Signs of fear and stress
Hiding in places they wouldn't normally go
Howling or crying
Toileting in the house
Destructive behaviours like digging and chewing
How to help your pets during firework season
Create a safe place
It's a really good idea to have a safe place or a 'den' set up ready for your pets, especially dogs. This can be made using a crate or a small room. Put your dogs favourite blankets, beds and toys in there to make it a comfortable environment. This way when your dog become fearful, they have somewhere to go that feels safe
Keep the noise down
Bring your rabbits and guinea pigs inside. As they are prey animals they will be terrified if there are fireworks going off near them. Bring them in somewhere that will dampen the noise. Or if that's not possible, place an old duvet over their hutch.
Once your cats are indoors, lock the cat flaps and shut the windows so that they can't go out again. A spooked cat is more likely to bolt across a road at the wrong moment.
And when all your animals are safely in the house, shut the curtains and turn the TV up to try and mask the sound.
Don't leave them alone
When you're frightened, being alone can be really scary. Even if you're normally fine with being on your own! Dog's love company and often look for you to comfort them. if you're aware of a local fireworks display then do your dogs a favour and stay in with them.
Use a pheromone plug in, and calming supplements
The use of 'happy' pheromones has been shown to be helpful in creating a calm environment around the home. We stock ones for dogs and cats as well as sprays and wipes for other animals.
We also stock calming supplements for dogs and cats. Natural ingredients in them which help to boost serotonin and dopamine in the brain.
Speak to us
If you've already tried a lot of these then contact us to book an appointment with one of our vets. There are medications that could help to calm your dog which are prescription only and therefore require an examination from a vet.