Here is our Bonfire Night Checklist to ensure your pets are as safe and comfortable as they can be on Bonfire Night:
Making Bonfire Night less frightening for your pet – here’s our checklist:
• Ensure they are walked before dark and cats are kept inside
• Keep windows and external doors closed
• Close curtains
• Provide background noise such as TV or radio
• Give them access to a ‘safe’ place such as a cage or bed – preferably for at least week or two beforehand to get them used to it. If possible this should be in a room without external walls.
• Leave doors open inside the house
• Try and remain calm yourself, if you are calm your pet will be more settled
• If they become distressed, try to gently reassure them
• Treats may help distract dogs
• Use a stress reducing L-theonine medication such as Calmex, Zylkene, Nutracalm or Anxitane, preferably starting a few days beforehand
• Take dogs to fireworks displays
• Let dogs off the lead close to displays or if fireworks are likely
• Leave them alone if distressed, dogs especially are social animals and will be comforted by a calm presence
• Shout at your pets if they display any unusual or unwanted behaviours
If your pet does get stressed at the sound of fireworks, then desensitisation therapy is generally the best long term treatment, but is a long term approach – so start soon for next year!
If you think your pet won’t be able to cope, speak to your vet today!