Top tips to keep your pets calm through the fireworks


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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