Remember Remember the 5th of November……

As fireworks season approaches, both for Bonfire night and over the christmas and new year period, don’t forget to think about your pets. Although we may enjoy the visual displays and sounds your pets may not agree.

An independent survey found that 25% of UK owners reported their dogs to be fearful of noises with fireworks being one of the commonest causes.

This month our blog post is here to provide tips for keeping your pets safe around fireworks.

One of the biggest concerns is pets running off when fireworks are happening, it is a natural fight and flight reaction. However pets can often get lost or injure themselves, even get hit by cars. Ensure to keep all doors and windows closed and that your pets are microchipped in case they do escape.

Here are a few tips that may help your pet stay calm:

  • Try to sound proof the room or house as much as possible, close the curtains and external windows.
  • Provide distractions i.e. have the television or radio on to reduce the sudden noises. Try to be around during the evening to play games with your pet if they are happy to.
  • If they want to hide don’t try to drag them out from their hiding places, provide new hiding places or dens for them to get into.
  • Reassure your pet but not excessively otherwise they may sense you are worried about the situation.
  • Try to lee their normal routine i.e. feeding, if their walks are normally during the evening take them out earlier to avoid being out when fireworks may start.

The signs of distress to monitor for include:

  • Shaking or trembling
  • Pacing or restlessness
  • Trying to hide
  • Heavy panting
  • Excess salivation
  • Yawning

Can your vet help?

Vets and nurses can provide many more useful tips to try to make fireworks as least stressful as possible. There are certain supplements that we can dispense i.e. Feliway or Calmex which can help to reduce stress levels. Please speak to your local branch to discuss options for your pet if they do struggle through firework periods.

Other useful tips can be found at:

https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/general/fireworks

https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/fireworks-and-pets