Here are some top tips to help your pet this firework season
Keep your pets indoors, its also a good idea to get them microchipped if he/she has not been done already, just in case they escape and get lost.
Do not leave your pets alone, this will only increase their feeling of unease.
Cats in general like to be high, so a cardboard box or igloo type bed, or their own bedding on top of a wardrobe would be great, in a room where he/she feels most comfortable.
If your dog already has a safe place then this space can be used, making it as snug and secure as possible by adding lots of blankets or bedding.
If you need to make a den from scratch then its best to start early so the animal knows that its a safe place to be prior to the event, regularly hide treats in the den to encourage your pet to go there.
Make sure your dog has a long walk in the early part of the day, long before the fireworks start.
Turn on the television or radio to drown out the noise
Close any curtains or blinds you may have
Keep the general mood of the house light hearted and fun rather than showing too much concern, animals pick up on our actions and emotions, so if we seem anxious or worried at this time, it will only reassure your pet that there is something to be scared of.
Do not punish your pet for being scared, this will only make them more distressed.
Be supportive, if your dog gets worried by a bang and comes to you for support, offer genuine affection without being too sympathetic. A simple stroke on the head will be enough to reassure the dog that you are there for him/her.
Once your dog has calmed a little if he / she has been scared then try and distract them with a toy.
If you plan well in advance, you can help your dog tolerate the noise with a gradual desensetisation programme, see the download links to your right.(Please note that is programme is not designed for cats)
Studies show that the use of pheromones can help in situations like this, give us a call and we can advise you further on the products that are available.
Rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets are less likely to show fear than a dog or a cat, but this does not mean that its not a distressing time for them.
Ideally bring them indoors, or into a garage or a shed, if this is not an option then use a thick sheet or duvet to partly cover the cage,make sure there is still plenty of ventilation when doing so, this will help combat the flashing lights and muffle the sound, also turning the cage to face a wall or fence would be of further benefit.
You can also provide them with extra bedding and an extra hiding place in their cage such as a cardboard box filled with plenty of bedding, this will allow them to burrow and feel safe.
Never leave them in outdoor runs, their home is their safest place.
Check on them regularly during the night to see how they are coping.
Check your garden the next day before letting your pets out, to ensure that there are no stray fireworks laying around for them to chew on.