Firework season is upon us and it can be a frightening time for pets. In 2018, a report published by the PDSA found that around 40% of cat and dog owners reported that their animals find fireworks scary. Fireworks season starts generally towards the end of October ahead of seasonal celebrations like Diwali and Bonfire Night, and can continue throughout the rest of the year up until New Year’s Eve.
Sudden loud noises and bright flashes can cause anxiety in many pets and therefore cause dogs and cats to feel stressed. If you have a pet that is already anxious and struggles with new situations, don’t hesitate to consult an animal behaviourist or speak to your vet for advice and guidance.
How to prepare your pet for bonfire night
When it comes to pets and fireworks safety, it’s best to plan ahead and start preparing in the months and weeks leading up to the night. There are many ways pet owners can help prepare pets before fireworks start:
Signs your pet is scared of fireworks
Along with following the above steps to prepare your cat or dog for fireworks night, be aware of the signs of your pet’s stress so you can adapt your environment and keep pets safe and calm on the night.
How to keep your pet calm during fireworks
When Bonfire Night, New Year’s Eve and fireworks season arrive, it’s best to be as prepared as possible. Spend some time researching when local firework displays are taking place and chat with your neighbours to check if they will be holding their own so you know exactly what to expect.
Once the fireworks have begun there are a range of things you can do to help keep your pets calm and stress levels as low as possible. Here are our top tips:
If you are considering giving your pet calming medications, seek advice from a qualified animal behaviourist and/or your local Animal Trust vet first.
At any time if you notice that your pet seems scared or stressed, their fear of fireworks is getting worse, or they are showing signs of unusual behaviour; contact your local Animal Trust surgery for a consultation and more advice, free of charge.