Pets and fireworks: Everything you need to know

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With Bonfire Night just around the corner and fireworks already going off around the region, pet owners need to make sure their beloved animals are safe and happy.

Did you know our pets have very acute hearing. They are able to hear the loud bangs and whistles from miles away, but, by following some simple guidelines your pet need not suffer.

Here Seaham Vets gives you all the information you need to to help our animal friends stay smiling while bangs and flashes fill the sky:

Why are my pets scared of fireworks?

Many animals find fireworks scary. It's estimated that 45 percent of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. It doesn’t have to be that way though, so don’t ignore the problem!

Is my pet stressed?

Pets demonstrate stress and anxiety in a variety of ways, including;

::Trembling

::Whining

::Pacing

::Howling

::Destruction of property

Aggression

There are lots of simple things you can do to help your pet cope with firework season. By preparing in advance before fireworks start, your pet will be able to cope better with the sudden and unexpected loud noises.

What can be done at home to help my pet?

Most importantly stay calm yourself. Your pet will look to you for reassurance, ensure you don’t overly fuss them or become angry with them.

Walk your dog during daylight hours, and burn off extra energy with longer walks. Avoid walking at evening times when fireworks are likely to be set off, and ensure cats are kept indoors

Close windows and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks and put on some music or the TV to mask the firework sounds.

Create a quiet, enclosed ‘hiding’ space where your pet can feel in control

What can be done for small pets?

Did you know fireworks don’t just upset our cats and dogs. Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, ferrets and birds all need to be treated with special care as they are easily frightened too.

Hutches/cages and enclosures should, if possible, be brought into a quiet room indoors, or into a garage or shed. If you cannot bring your pet’s hutch inside, you should turn its enclosure around so that it faces a wall or fence instead of the open garden

Cover any aviaries or hutches with thick blankets, or a duvet, to block out the sight of the fireworks and deaden the sound of the bangs, but make sure there is enough ventilation.

Give your pet extra bedding to burrow into so it feels safe, and assists with muffling the noise.

At Seaham Vets we also provide natural de-stress and calming treatments which are highly effective. We have an extensive range of diffusers, tablets, gel and spray’s to help support you and your pet over the festive period.

For more information, advice or guidance please call Seaham Vets on 01915130913