Fireworks phobia, suggestions & recommendations

We may enjoy fireworks but our animals often find them very scary. It is estimated that 45 per cent 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. Firework phobia is a treatable condition and animals don’t have to suffer such misery every year.

It is very important to prepare to make sure your home environment is as safe and calm as possible for our four legged friends during this time of year. The RSPCA makes lots of sensible and practical recommendations, which will help.

The RSPCA advises:

Fireworks phobia is a treatable condition and your vets advice can be sought, who will, if necessary, be able to refer you to a professional clinical animal behaviorist.

Using a Sounds Scary! CD can help dogs learn to be less afraid of loud noises in the long-term. We recommend to introduce new sounds quietly and slowly.

For any pet, whether it be a dog, cat, rabbit or rodent, make sure you provide suitable hiding places with extra bedding where they can feel safe. This is also true for animals that live outside.

Close all windows and curtains.

Play music or put on the television to muffle the fireworks.
Make sure they’re kept in a safe place during any display.

Never punish or fuss over them as it can make things worse.

Make sure your pets are microchipped just in case they escape.

Give your dog their walk earlier in the day.
Never ever take a dog to a fireworks display – even if they don’t make noise or show other signs of being scared – it’s still highly likely to be a stressful situation for them.

Pet Calms and diffusers may help dogs and cats feel calmer, we like Pet Remedy’s Plug in diffuser.