New Years Eve is fast approaching, and that means one thing: fireworks. If you’ve got a pet at home, you’ll know all too well that this can be a distressing time. Deafening bangs, thick smoke, fizzing sparklers: this time of the year brings a whole host of sights and sounds that can cause playful pets to behave erratically.
But don’t fret. Together with our social media followers, we’ve compiled some top tips for keeping your pets safe during this time. From calming walks to cosy blankets, we’ve got you and your furry friend covered.
Some other tips
- Pick up any firework and bonfire debris.
- Create a safe spot for them to hide if they want to such as behind a sofa or under a bed.
- Play background music or turn the TV on. Why not treat your pet to a show that includes other animals?
- Distract your pet with some tasty treats.
- Ask a family member or friend to look after your pet, especially if they live in a remote or secluded area.
- Don’t leave your pet on their own.
- Make sure the cat flap is locked and your pets can’t escape outside to investigate the noise.
- Some dog trainers recommend playing a CD with firework noises around six months before Bonfire night. When played at a low level, this helps your pet become desensitised to the noise.
- Don’t tell your pet off for acting out of character. Whether it’s barking or over-excitement, if they react badly, try getting advice from a behaviourist. Early training and socialisation may make a massive difference in the long run.
- If your pet really is uncontrollable, seek help from a vet. They may be able to provide some calming medication.