If you’re a pet owner you’ll know just how difficult, stressful and sometimes heart-breaking Bonfire Night can be. With a number of dogs, cats and small animals having a hard time coping with the bangs and flashes of fireworks, it’s easy to feel useless as your best friend cowers in the corner. Here at Sykes, we love animals and want to do everything we can to help both you and your four legged friend enjoy a stress-free Bonfire Night. So, we’ve put together some helpful tips on how to do just that.
Tips for all pet owners
Whether your pet is big or small there are a number of ways you can help them through Bonfire Night. The following tips are easy to put into practise and are a must for all pet owners.
- Make sure your pet has a secure hiding place; for many pets this will be under furniture, tucked into an alcove or even in the cupboard.
- Close all curtains and play some music or turn up the TV to muffle the noise from the fireworks.
- As hard as this may be you need to give your pet some space. Unless they are harming themselves, you should leave them to it; fussing over them will only make things worse.
- Don’t leave the house. Yes your pet needs space but don’t leave them alone; they need your support.
Tips for dog owners
As well as the tips above, there are extra precautions to take when you own a dog. We’d suggest the following to help keep your dog safe and calm this November.
- Walk your dog during daylight hours. You never know how early the fireworks will start or how late they will run so walking your dog during daylight hours is the best way to keep them safe.
- Before the fireworks start, make sure your dog is near their safe place and provide him or her with toys and their favourite things.
- Ignore the fireworks yourself. Don’t bring attention to the fireworks. Instead see if your dog wants to play; if not then don’t force them but sit back and watch some TV or read a book instead.
- If you have another dog or know a dog that isn’t afraid of fireworks then leave the two dogs together, this may help your dog understand there is nothing to be afraid of.
Tips for cat owners
Cats are pretty independent creatures but even they get scared during Bonfire Night. To help them cope with the noise and bright lights, follow these three tips.
- Close all doors, windows and cat flaps. If your cat is scared they may try to run; this can be dangerous as in the panic your cat could get lost or hurt.
- Don’t try to tempt your cat out of its hiding place as this will just make them more stressed.
- Have a litter tray available during and after the fireworks.
Tips for small animal owners
It can be easy to forget about our smaller pets but they need just as much care as the larger animals so make sure to follow these tips to ensure a stress free fireworks night.
- If your pet is kept outside bring them indoors and place them in a quiet area of the house.
- If it’s not possible to bring them indoors, partly cover their cage and try to sound proof it as best you can.
- Give your pets lots of extra bedding for Bonfire Night. They will need something to burrow into as it will make them feel a lot safer.
We hope our list of handy hints and tips has helped you this Bonfire Night. If you need any further information on keeping your furry companion safe then please visit the RSPCA website.