Top tips for keeping your dog safe on Fireworks Night
Firework night is often a night of excitement, especially for the younger members of the family. Big bonfires, sparklers, hotdogs and mulled wine to feast on, but best of all the big and beautiful bangs that light up the sky.
The only ones not enjoying the magical events of Guy Fawkes night are our pets, it’s estimated that 45% of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. There is plenty we can do to reassure our pets during the period of bonfires and fireworks so read on for our list of top tips to keep your pet safe and calm.
Walk your dog before nightfall – If you’re used to walking your dog when you get back from work, it’s a good idea to get up a bit earlier and walk your dog whilst it’s daylight.
Get them settled inside – As the sun sets it’s a good idea to get your pet settled inside. If you have cats, make sure they can’t escape the house and run away! Cats can become more anxious or stressed if they’re outside during fireworks.
If you plan to leave the house, make sure your pet is shut in a different room before opening the front door.
Create a safe space – Help your pet feel secure by creating a safe space or den in your home that they can go to for comfort.
Close all of your windows and curtains – This will help to muffle outside noise and put on the tv or radio to help mask any loud bangs outside.
Distraction is key – Playing with your pet or giving them some treats may help to keep them distracted whilst the display is going on. Try to remain as calm and normal around your pet and they should follow your lead. Remember, they will pick up on your behaviour if you start to act strangely around them.
Calming treatment – there are also a few stress treatments on the market that may help ease your pet’s anxiety. YuCALM is a calming supplement for dogs https://bit.ly/2X5W6x4 and Adaptil calm home diffuser is another effective treatment to ease anxieties in dogs. https://bit.ly/3v8l1N1
If your pet becomes particularly distressed during fireworks, please speak to your vet. Vets are able to give you professional advice and may be able to refer you to a clinical animal behaviourist.