There are times of the year when fireworks happen. New Year’s Eve, sometimes around Christmas, Bonfire Night and around or on the 5th November, Diwali and also Eid can be times when people enjoy either fireworks in their gardens or attend firework displays as they celebrate.
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I love fireworks, but I know that not everyone shares that sentiment. I also know that fireworks and the noise they make, can cause distress to pets.
But I am also a pet owner and I am very aware that fireworks can be something that stresses out pets and upsets them, so for me it’s a fine line between enjoying the glory that can be a really good firework display and knowing that it really upsets our beloved pets.
So I thought I would share some tips and ideas to help keep your pets calm and safe during times when fireworks might be happening.
Managing your pets on firework night can help reduce their stress and anxiety, as many animals can become frightened by the loud noises and bright lights.
- Keep them indoors: The safest place for your pets during fireworks is inside your home. Ensure all doors and windows are closed securely to prevent them from escaping.
- Create a safe space: Set up a quiet, comfortable, and secure space for your pets to retreat to, such as a quiet room or their crate. Provide familiar bedding, toys, and water.
- Drown out the noise: Play soft music or turn on the TV to provide background noise that can help mask the sound of fireworks.
- Stay with them: If possible, stay with your pets to provide comfort and reassurance. Your presence can be calming for them.
- Use pheromone products: Consider using pheromone diffusers or sprays designed to reduce stress in pets. These can help create a calming atmosphere.
- Provide distractions: Offer your pets toys, treats, or puzzles to keep them occupied and distracted from the fireworks.
- Consider a snug-fitting garment: Some pets find comfort in wearing anxiety-reducing garments like ThunderShirts, which provide gentle pressure.
- Consult your vet: If your pet has severe anxiety during fireworks, consult your veterinarian. They may recommend medication or other treatments to help alleviate their stress. You can also buy non harmful over the counter calming edible* treatments for cats and dogs too. It’s worth trying those before you know fireworks are happening to see if they will take them.
- Microchip and ID tags: Make sure your pets are microchipped and have proper identification tags with current contact information in case they manage to escape.
- Prepare for future events: If you know when fireworks events are scheduled, prepare in advance. Make sure your pets are well-exercised and have had a bathroom break before the fireworks start.
- Be aware of neighborhood displays: Stay informed about local fireworks displays and their timing so you can plan accordingly.
- Train and desensitize: In the long term, you can work with a professional trainer to help your pets become less sensitive to loud noises and sudden bursts of light. This takes time and patience.
Outdoor pets need care too:
If you have rabbits, or other pets that might live outside, make sure they are safe and not being exposed to firework noise. You may beed to plan to bring them inside the evening or get some heavy felt covering to cover their cage/hutch to dampen down noise as much as possible.
Remember that every pet is different, and what works for one may not work for another. Be patient and understanding of your pet’s needs during firework nights, and do your best to keep them safe and comfortable.
I know some people would like to see fireworks banned altogether but unfortunately not everyone agrees on that and I don’t think it’s likely to happen so the best thing to do is make sure your pets are as safe and comfortable as possible and manage their needs.
Don’t forget your pets, and make sure they are safe and calm. Like or love them, fireworks happen, and keeping our pets ok is the most important thing.