Why are pets scared of fireworks?
Many animals find loud bangs and bright lights scary. It's estimated that 45 percent of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. It doesn't have to be that way though, so don't ignore the problem. Although many public firework displays may not go ahead during 2020, you may find that neighbours, family and friends organise their own instead.
There are lots of simple things you can do to help your pet deal with the situation. By preparing in advance before the fireworks start, your pet will be better able to cope with the noises.
How to calm dogs during fireworks
- Walk them during daylight hours to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off
- Close windows and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks
- Put on some music or the TV to mask the firework sounds
- Create a quiet space where your dog can feel in control
- Create some hiding places around your home
How to calm cats during fireworks
- Provide safe hiding places in your home
- Cats can become more stressed if they're outside during fireworks, so keep them indoors where possible
- Microchip your cats in case they're startled and escape outside
How to calm small animals during fireworks
- Partly cover outside cages and pens with blankets so an area is soundproofed and hidden, but allow another area for the animals to look out
- Provide plenty of bedding that small animals can burrow in
- Consider bringing them indoors - this will need to be done gradually so plan ahead
Should you have any further questions, we would be happy to help. Please don’t hesitate to speak to a member of staff if you would like to discuss available products to help your pets during this time, or for any advice.