• Don't forget your pets this fireworks season

Fireworks Safety For Your Pet


Fireworks can be really fun for us but incredibly frightening for our pets, especially since they are susceptible to loud and sudden noises which can cause pain in their ears.

More than half of our pets will show signs of fear during fireworks, but we often don’t give it consideration until it is too late.

Your pet need not suffer. This handy essential guide provides you with some useful tips to help you plan ahead and ensure your pet feels safe throughout the fireworks season.

Taking the fear out of fireworks

 

How can you tell if your pet has a phobia of fireworks? Fears may materialise in different ways in different animals. Typically, symptoms may include:

  • Aggression
  • Barking or whining
  • Soiling in the house
  • Hiding
  • Clinging
  • Excessive panting
  • Reduced activity
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Loss of appetite
  • Destructive behaviour

Dogs communicate their feelings in many different ways. The more you pay attention to their methods of communication and understand any changes when they occur, the easier it will be for you to notice when something isn’t right and implement a solution to help them feel at ease.

At Medivet, we recommend that you seek veterinary advice ahead of fireworks season. This is because there are a range of products available that can help and training that can be done in the lead up, but they require a very specific amount of time to implement.

 

Top tips for fireworks night

 

  • Don’t fuss – try and behave as normally as making an issue of the fireworks will only reinforce and heighten your pets fear
  • Make sure your pet has a safe place to hide and has access to it in the weeks prior to fireworks
  • Close your curtains or blinds 
  • Ensure your pet is safely inside and secure doors, windows and cat flaps
  • In the run up to fireworks season, get your dog used to walking early in the evening and make sure cats are brought inside before it gets dark
  • Play music and/or keep the TV on to help mask the noise of fireworks
  • Never punish your pet for any mess they cause due to being frightened by loud noises
  • Ensure your pet is microchipped in case they run away or get lost if startled by fireworks
  • Don’t forget about your small furries! Move hutches into your house or if this isn’t possible, cover the hutch with a blanket to muffle the noise

 

Calming support

There are a variety of non-prescription, natural products available to help negate feelings of stress and anxiety in pets and they come in different forms such as capsules, sprays, plug-in diffusers, wipes and collars.

 

Feliway

Feliway emits a special scent that cats produce naturally when they are feeling comfortable in their environment. This is odourless to people and other animals. The scent gives your cat a feeling of peace and calm and helps reduce stress.

 

Adaptil

In the same way as Feliway, Adaptil emits a special scent that replicates the pheromone that mother dogs naturally emit just after giving birth to their puppies, which helps ease stress. The pheromone, which is odourless to people and other animals, has a calming effect on dogs in stressful situations.

 

Zylkene

Zylkene is a product that can help support cats and dogs in stressful situations where they need to adapt their behaviour to cope. Zylkene is very simple to administer and can be mixed with food or given as a treat once a day.

 

Your vet will be able to advise you on the most suitable products for your pet. Whilst the products listed above can be used as stress relievers for pets with behavioural problems, it is best to seek advice from a behaviourist about the best products to use if your pet is showing signs of aggression. For more information on fireworks safety for your pet contact your local Medivet practice.

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