Keeping Pets Safe During Fireworks
Unexpected whizz bangs and sudden flashes of light – there’s no wonder our furry friends feel so scared throughout the fireworks season.
But with a little bit of time and preparation, you’ll be pleased to know that you can help your beloved companion feel safe and less fearful when fireworks are being let off near your home.
You’ve reached the perfect place for advice on how to help keep your pet happy and safe throughout the fireworks period. We’ve gathered our most helpful tips that you can use (feel free to contact your local Medivet practice if you would like further information and advice):
- Walk your dog during daylight hours
- Always keep your pet inside when fireworks are being let off
- Ensure your pet is wearing a collar and an ID tag in case they escape
- Consider getting your pet microchipped for peace of mind that they’ll be identified when found (it is now a legal requirement for all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales to be microchipped)
- Keep calm – this will help your pet feel at ease
- Distract your pet by playing with their favourite toy but don’t force them to play if they don’t want to
- Never take your dog to a fireworks display
- Never punish your pet when they are scared – this will only make things worse in the long run
- Close all windows and curtains to reduce noise and hide sudden flashes of light
- Allow your pet to hide if they are scared (a den, quiet corner or furniture is the perfect safe haven for them to turn to)
- Before fireworks reach prime time, move your pet to a quiet place surrounded by all their favourite toys
- Don’t forget your small animals – consider moving their hutch or cage (if it’s outside) inside or partly cover it with a blanket, and provide them with extra bedding so they can burrow in it
- Consider using a pheromone product (such as Feliway or Adaptil) to help your pet feel calm and relaxed – your local vet will be able to assist you with a suitable product
We hope you find the above tips useful for you and your pet. Please feel free to share our advice with other pet owners who may find this helpful.
Our friendly team of vets and nurses are always happy to lend a helping hand, so please do not hesitate to give your local Medivet practice a call if you would like further information or advice.
We hope you and your beloved pet have a happy (and stress-free) time throughout the fireworks season!
Posted October 26, 2016
in Seasonal Care
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