Keeping Your Pets Safe During Fireworks Season

It’s around this time every year that it becomes more common to hear fireworks going off outside.

While fireworks can be a fun spectacle for you and your family, it is not so much fun for your pets.

Fireworks make loud noises, loud noises are one of the most common causes of anxiety in pets, so it is important that you are able to protect your pet from the extra stress of firework season. 

There are many ways to help your pet cope during this stressful time of year. Whether that is building them a den or easing their anxiety medically. We offer a range of remedies that should help your pet navigate the fireworks season more easily.

Here at Vet Medic we have put together a comprehensive guide for dogs, cats and small animals to help pet owners during this testing time of the year. Whether it's for Bonfire night or during New Years, there is plenty of advice in this guide to help you and your pet.

Choose your pet from the options below and start finding new and inventive ways to keep your pet stress free from fireworks!

The contents of this guide have been collected in consultation with vets and manufacturers. This information below is general advice, if you need further advice please speak with your vet.

Choose Your Pet:

Dogs

Before the firework season and bonfire night begins, make up a safe bedded area for your dog to rest in. Fill it with your dog's comfort things such as blankets or favourite toys. Get the dog used to being in this area, let them build up an understanding that this is a safe area for them to be.

Use a pheromone spray or plugin, these can be great in keeping your dog calm. We supply Sprays and Diffusers to keep your dog calm. We also provide a range of calming pills.

If your dog is particularly scared of fireworks make sure the sound can be drowned out by the TV or music and ensure that their safe area can be covered so they do not see the explosions. As stated earlier, it is always the best idea to close all curtains and viewpoints where the dog can see outside.

Make sure your dog has access to fresh water.

Do not walk your dog in the evening; if you cannot walk your dog during daylight hours then try to walk your dog first thing in the morning.

Close your windows and curtains in the evening to stop your pets becoming startled.

Try to act as calm as possible, if your pet seems scared of fireworks, too much fussing can have a negative effect on them. Act as normal as possible.

Make sure your dog’s chip ID is up-to-date and that they are wearing a collar with contact information on.

Cats

If your cat is startled by the sound of fireworks and has found a place to hide, under furniture etc., then the best thing you can do is leave them to it. Do not attempt to get them out; this will only cause further stress to the cat. Cats know what they want, so the best thing to do is leave them be. Any extra attention will just make the situation worse.

Make a safe area for the cat to settle and rest in. Fill it with plenty of blankets and any toys the cat enjoys. Take these toys away during the day so that the cat does not get bored of them and will be more engaged during the evenings when fireworks are set off.

Use a pheromone spray or plugin, these can be great in keeping your dog calm. We supply Sprays, Pills and Diffusers to keep your cat calm.

Make sure your cat has access to fresh water.

Keep your cat indoors at all times at times when fireworks are most likely to be let off, keep them indoors at night.

Close your windows and curtains in the evening to stop your pets becoming startled.

Try to act as calm as possible, if your pet seems scared of fireworks, too much fussing can have a negative effect on them. Act as normal as possible.

Make sure your cat’s chip ID is up-to-date and that they are wearing a collar with contact information on.

Small Animals

If possible, move your small animal indoors if they live outside.

If the small animal is left in its outside living environment then make sure the hutch is covered and soundproofed as best as you can. Try to leave a small opening though so they still can look out.

Provide extra bedding material for them to burrow into.

 

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