Fireworks

It's that time of year again, when whizzes, pops and bangs, make for an uncomfortable and stressful time for many of our pets

Fireworks Season can be difficult; from youngsters to older pets, anxiety can develop at any age, although most pets will start to show signs between 1-3 years old.

Plan Ahead

 

Call us today if your pet has suffered with firework anxiety in the past, we can offer advice, strategies, and medication if necessary

Rabbits, and other small pets, get scared too!

  • Bring hutches inside the house or garage if possible

  • Give extra bedding so that your pets can burrow down and hide

  • Temporarily cover hutches with a blanket to try and dull any firework noise, and block out the flashes of light - you must make sure that the blanket does t stop air flow to your pet

Dogs and Cats

  • Keep them indoors

  • Close all doors and windows in your house

  • Close the curtains

  • Put on some background noise e.g. radio/tv/download some white noise

  • Make sure your pets microchip details are up to date - just in case they panic and manage to escape from your house

  • Try not leave your pet alone during fireworks - but please don't take them with you to a fireworks display

  • Let your pet have a hiding place, and let them hide

  • Try and stay calm and relaxed around your pet; if they see you being calm, then they will relax

It is important to recognise signs of anxiety in our pets:

 

  • Hiding or trying to get out of the house

  • Vocalising

  • Shaking

  • Panting

  • Aggression

  • Chewing toys/furniture

  • Urinating/passing faeces inappropriately

 

If things are still bad, there are many different options for therapy, including:

  • Behavioural desensitisation therapy – this is usually a long term option, so have a think about it for next fireworks event, e.g. New Year

  • Thundershirts

  • DAP and Xylkene

  • Short acting medication (NB: Some older drugs that used to be prescribed have been superseded by newer options)

In all cases, talk to your vet practice, they will be able to provide advice tailored to your pets particular circumstances

Fireworks season doesn’t have to be traumatic for any member of your family!

©chertseyvets 2019