Here’s a few tips to help them through this traumatic time.👇
A staggering 45% of dogs can suffer from anxiety, often brought on by the loud bangs and vibrations that fireworks cause. (source RSPCA)
Building your pet a safe den might help, but many pets need more personal care and reassurance, and that can also be distressing for the owner 😥
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 tv to mask the firework sounds
- Create a quiet space where your dog can feel in control
- Create some hiding places around your home
It’s also a good idea to make sure that your pet is chipped, just in case they escape in fear. Cats in particular are more likely to bolt outdoors, or indeed become too afraid to return home if startled whilst on their daily prowl. There’s also therapies such as thunder jackets, calming remedies and pet behaviour classes you might want to consider if your pet is particularly adversely affected.
It’s good practice and common courtesy to inform your neighbours if you are planning to ignite fireworks ftom your home, so that they can prepare. However, fireworks from the extended community can still affect your pets as they have a much higher sensitivity to noise than humans. People nearby to you suffering from PTSD also need to be considered, if you are hosting a party with fireworks.
Dogstrust and the RSPCA have further information regarding pet welfare if you would like to find out further details.