Top tips to keep your pets calm through the fireworks

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DogFIREWORKS night be fun for us, but for pets it can be the most nervewracking time of year.

And with statistics showing that approximately 80% of dogs, as well as cats, rabbits and guinea pigs, have a phobia of fireworks, Vets4Pets, which have branches across Essex, have issued some advice on how to keep pets calm during firework season:

  • Provide indoor pets with a den or hiding place inside the house where they can feel safe
  • Outdoor pets should be given lots of extra bedding to provide them with somewhere to burrow
  • Ignore fearful behaviour, such as panting, shaking and whining. Animals may pick up on their owners’ anxiety, which could make the problem worse
  • Make sure all windows, doors and cat flaps are securely closed during fireworks night. This will reduce the chances of your pets escaping
  • Provide distractions, in the form of new toys and chews, during periods when fireworks are occurring
  • Draw curtains and put the TV on to mask the noise of fireworks being let off
  • Do not punish your pet. This will only make your pet more distressed
  • Try not to leave your pets alone when fireworks are going off.

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