Things to Remember on 5th November
There are lots of things you can do to keep 5th November (and the days surrounding) as calm as possible for your pet...
3rd October 2023
Part of the reason dogs and cats are frightened by fireworks is due to the noise being so unfamiliar. You can desensitise your pet by playing firework sounds at a very low level, rewarding calmness and then gradually increasing the volume as the time increases. Remember to take it very slow, over several weeks and months, at no point should your pet be scared - you can find firework desensitisation sounds online.
Creating a safe space
Cosy dens can make all the difference to your pet at fireworks time. Provide your pet with somewhere they can hide away from windows and disturbance. Soundproof using blankets and cushions and put a few of their favourite toys and treats in the den. Introduce the den a few weeks before the event so your pet has time to get used to it. Cats may prefer to sleep up high so clear a shelf in a quiet place, so they feel safe.
Did you know that you can use products such as Pet Remedy, Adaptil (for dogs) or Feliway (for cats) to help support your pet during fireworks. Please ask your vet or local animal charity for advice.
Preparation for equines
During the fireworks period keep your horse's routine as normal as possible. Check social media and local papers for details of when fireworks displays are taking place and, if possible, stay with your horse and play music during these times to help mask the sound. Don’t forget to tidy your equine yard to reduce the risk of fire. Clear away any unused combustible materials like hay, straw, sawdust or paper bedding, and move it away from the stable areas.
On the night
Walking your dog during the daylight hours can help you avoid being out when fireworks start. Always keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off. If your pet is scared during fireworks, stay with them and reassure them as appropriate. Play calm classical music to help mask the noises and make sure your curtains are shut! Classic FM usually play a Music for Pets playlist around the 4th and 5th of November to help you keep your pets calm during this period.
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