Pets and fireworks

Image of Francisco Javier Garcia Lara. Credit: @fuengirola

MAKE sure your dog or cat always has somewhere to hide if he or she wants to and has access to this place at all times.

Train your dog to associate the area with positive experiences eg. by leaving toys there but not imposing yourself at any time.

Use a variety of toys and swap them regularly, putting them away when not in use so that your dog doesn’t become bored with them.

With time your dog can learn that this place is safe and enjoyable.

During firework seasons, keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off.

At nightfall close windows and curtains and put on music to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks.

If your pet shows any signs of fear try to ignore their behaviour.

Leave them alone unless they are likely to harm themselves. Make sure your cat or dog can’t escape if there’s a sudden noise. Have your pet microchipped in case they do escape. Talk to your vet about pheromone diffusers.

These disperse calming chemicals into the room and may be a good option for your pet, in some cases your vet may even prescribe medication.

Ignore the firework noises yourself.

Play with a toy to see if your dog wants to join in, but don’t force them to play.

If you know a dog that isn’t scared by noises and which gets on well with your dog, then keeping the two together during the evenings may help your dog to realise that there’s no need to be afraid.

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