During the winter months in the UK, many people celebrate by going to fireworks displays. Fireworks are a fun and exciting way to spend time with friends and family, but they can also be a source of fear or anxiety for our pets.
In this blog post, and accompanying podcast episode, we will discuss how you can keep your pet safe and comfortable during firework season!
Keep your pet safe and comfortable.
Do not allow fireworks to become a source of fear for your pet. Keep them indoors during fireworks, and make sure you are with them so they don’t feel isolated or alone.
If fireworks are already a source of anxiety for your pet, consult with your vet about the best steps to take beforehand. There are calming products available and we have had members speak positively about Thundershirts. The shirt can help ease a dog’s anxiety, or there are medications you can use to help.
Know how to prevent or reduce the stress of fireworks on your dogs.
Playing white noise or calming music to help your dog feel more comfortable during fireworks season.
This weekend Classic FM’s popular pets programme returns, with soothing music to help keep your four-legged friends relaxed during fireworks season. On Bonfire Night, and the night after, they’ll be broadcasting two special programmes to help pets, and their owners, stay calm and relaxed.
Listen to Classic FM’s Pet Classics on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 November, from 6pm to 10pm. Classic FM is available across the UK on 100-102 FM, DAB digital radio and TV, on Global Player, on your smart speaker (“play Classic FM”), iOS or Android devise and at ClassicFM.com
Be aware of your dog’s body language as this will help you know how your dog is feeling: are they cowering, are their ears back, is there a lot of panting. If you see this body language means your dog is stressed and should be taken away from fireworks or loud noises.
Licking their lips and yawning are indicators of stress, as is toileting in the house, scratching at doors, hiding, trembling, and drooling
If you are unable to get away from fireworks, make sure your dog is in a place where it feels safe. A crate with a blanket over it and an open door is a great choice. Point the crate door away from the fireworks and allow the dog to go in and out as they wish
Distraction objects can also be helpful, a new toy or a bone can keep them occupied if their level of fear and stress is not too high.
Do not punish your pet if they become anxious during fireworks season as this will only serve to heighten their anxiety around the noises. This could cause them even more issues that you have to deal with later on down the line.
Be proactive instead of reactive with your dog around fireworks… and what to do when reactive is your only choice.
Mentally prepare your dog for fireworks by playing firework sound recordings or videos before the actual event.
If fireworks are going to be in your area, make sure you take your dog on a long walk during the day. Make them tired mentally and physically, so they will rest at night when fireworks can happen.
To Find out more about what you can do to help your dog this weekend, check out our special podcast episode Your Dog And Fireworks – Special Podcast
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