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Preparing for Fireworks season: Tops tips on creating you a safe den for your pet

It is a good idea to provide a den a few weeks before the fireworks season so they can associate this as a safe space. By taking your pet to the area of the den and rewarding them, this will reinforce a positive association to that safe area.
  • Choose a quiet area within your house as well as a place your pet feels safe.
  • Using a crate is a great idea for dogs, which can be covered over with blankets to reduce light and sound from the fireworks.
  • For cats, a suitable den could be a cat igloo which are softer than crates or even a cardboard box.
  • Place your pet’s bed or blanket in the den to provide a familiar sense of smell.
  • Provide them with some of their favourite toys or comforts to make them feel safe.
  • You could also provide them with a food puzzle to distract them from the noise such as a Kong for dogs or kibble puzzle for cats.
  • Provide access to water
  • You may wish to place an item of your clothing also for another familiar scent in their crate.
  • Make sure the den is accessible at all times to your pet.
  • Consider installing a pheromone diffuser close to the den area – this will need installing at least a week before.
It is important not to disturb your pet whilst they are in the den, as this can cause more stress.
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Preparing for Fireworks season: Signs your pet may be distressed

Each individual animal will be affected differently by fireworks. Some may show just one or more of the below signs.
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Scratching at the door to get out of room
  • Salivation
  • Hiding away
  • Vocalisation – howling, barking, whining
  • Excessive or abnormal attention seeking
  • Loss of bodily control – urine/faeces
  • Unwillingness to eat
  • Hiding behind or on top of furniture
  • Refusing to eat
Read our tips on helping your pet during the firework season on our blog page.
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Preparing for Fireworks season: Tips on how to help your pet

Fireworks season can be a stressful time for many, with over 40% of dogs and high population of cats in the UK suffering from a fear of fireworks.

Here are some ideas to help your pets during this time:
  • Keep them indoors prior to when the fireworks are due to start.
  • Keep all doors and windows securely closed.
  • Make sure curtains are pulled closed to muffle the sound and block the light from the fireworks.
  • Keep internal doors open so they don’t feel enclosed.
  • Put the TV, radio or music on to provide background noise. It is advised to start this before the fireworks start.
  • Ensure your pet has a safe place to go when they feel distressed, this may be their own bed, or create a den.
  • Take your dog for a walk earlier in the day before the fireworks start and kept on the lead at all times.
  • Provide your cat with a litter tray if they are used to toileting outdoors.
  • Feed them their usual meal before the fireworks are due to start.
  • Ensure your pet is wearing an ID tag or microchip details are up to date in such case that they do run away or manage to escape.
  • Absolutely avoid any form of punishment. This will simple lead to more anxiety and even cause your pet to become aggressive.
  • Comforting you animal when they are scared is a controversial area. Definitely try to be at home during any known firework events. Although you shouldn’t pet or over fuss your animal when they are worried, as this can reinforce the fearful behaviour, it may help some pets to hold them firmly and lean into them, while using long, form massaging strokes, rather than normal petting.
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Preparing our pets for Firework season: Top tips for small pets

Our small pets can get stressed too during the fireworks season. Here are some signs to look out for and what we can do to help them!

Signs your small furry may be distressed:
  • Stamping their hind legs
  • Unwilling to move
  • Trying to escape from their accommodation
What can we do to help our small furries during this frightful time?
  • Ideally the best scenario during this season, is to bring their accommodation inside. However that isn’t always possible but moving them into your garage or shed will provide some soundproofing. If none of these are available then partly cover the hutch or cage with blankets.
  • If you have a house rabbit or you can move your pets inside, close the windows and draw the curtains.
  • Provide some background noise such as TV or radio. It is wise to start doing these before the fireworks season.
  • Within their accommodation, make sure there are hiding places your pet can utilise to make them feel safe with plenty of bedding. More bedding will also help minimise the noise.
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