Bonfire Night for Anxious Pets
Bonfire Night is that time of year for us to celebrate and enjoy. However, for many of our furry friends they have a natural fear of fireworks, so here are some helpful tips to make fireworks night less anxious for your dog or cat.
- During firework season always try and walk your dogs during daylight hours. Never try and walk them when fireworks are likely to be going off. Try and keep cats indoors when it is dark.
- Close all windows and blinds to try and make sure as
best you can that any flashes from the fireworks will not be affecting your
- Some dogs/cats will benefit from a bit of background noise
to mask the bangs, this doesn’t have to be anything special, the radio or
TV will do just fine or even some of your favourite music but ensure not
to go over the top with the volume.
- If your dog or cat likes to hide, let them! Make them
a cosy place to go, that to them is their “safe” place, never
try and make them go out as this may worry them more.
- Leave your dog or cat alone as best as you can, especially
with dogs/cats who do suffer from extreme anxiety. If they want to walk up and
down, hide or whimper, let them. Ignore the bad behaviour and praise them greatly when they are
relaxed. Be calm yourself, act like there is nothing wrong and that
everything is okay as we all know dogs/cats can feed off of our emotions. If we
are scared, they will be too!
- Fear of loud bangs and flashes are natural to our dogs/cats.
We can try and condition them to be less scared of the fireworks. Before they
begin, play with your furry friend, distract them with all their favourite
things (but do not force them) that way they will slowly learn to ignore what’s
going on outside as they know its “playtime” inside when these situations
happen. However this is not a quick fix
and takes time but is worth it.
- Calming products
such as pet calming diffusers, plug ins, sprays and wipes which
helps to de-stress your furry friend.
- If you know your dog has a favourite doggie playmate who
isn’t scared of fireworks, invite them round for the evening, not only will the
other dog help show yours that there is nothing to be scared of but they’ll
also enjoying having that extra time to play with their furry friends, helping
to distract and calm them.
- Finally and most importantly! NEVER take your dogs with you to any firework displays, keep them inside as much as possible. Fireworks are unpredictable and dangerous and you do not want your furry friends coming into close contact with them as this can cause serious injury. If you have a dog who is likely to escape during these times, double check all your identification is up to date and present on your dog at all times.