Top tips for dogs

  • Walk your dogs early to ensure they are back indoors before the fireworks begin.
  • Make sure all windows and doors are safely closed in case your pet tries to run away.
  • Make a den so your dog has somewhere they feel safe and secure.
  • Close curtains to reduce the impact of flashes and put the TV or radio on to drown out the noise of fireworks.
  • Make tasty treats or toys available as a distraction.
  • Don’t respond to the noise of fireworks yourself.
  • Try to ignore any reactions your dog makes to the fireworks – they may see this as a sign that you are worried about the noise yourself.
  • Consider using a natural calming product available from your vets.
  • If your dog shows significant signs of anxiety, feel free to arrange a visit to come and see us, we are here to help.
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Top tips for cats

  • Make sure your cat is microchipped to increase the chance that you will be reunited if they do get scared and bolt.
  • Make sure all windows, doors and catflaps are safely closed before the fireworks begin.
  • Provide a litter tray in a quiet area of the house. Do this well before the days fireworks are expected so they become familiar with it.
  • Close curtains to reduce the impact of flashes and put the TV or radio on to drown out the noise of fireworks.
  • Don’t disturb your cat if they find somewhere to hide when the fireworks are going off. Cats find a good hiding space comforting.
  • Try to ignore any reactions your cat makes to the fireworks – they may see this as a sign that you are worried about the noise yourself.
  • Consider using a natural calming product available from your vets.
  • If your cat shows significant signs of anxiety, feel free to arrange a visit to come and see us, we are here to help.
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Den making tips for dogs

  • Make the den at least a couple of weeks before the expected fireworks to allow time for familiarisation.
  • Choose a room your dog is used to and preferably one you will be in during firework times.
  • Use bedding they already have so it has a familiar smell.
  • A puppy crate is an ideal starting point if you have one.
  • If you don’t have a crate, an enclosed area of the room is helpful, for example a gap between the sofa and the wall.
  • Use blankets to cover the den to create an enclosed and darkened area.
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Signs of anxiety in dogs

  • Hiding
  • Trembling
  • Abnormal vocalisation (barking or whining)
  • Panting
  • Pacing or circling the room
  • Displacement behaviour like excessive yawning or lip licking
  • Need to stay close to their owner

Signs of anxiety in cats

  • Hiding
  • Scratching furniture
  • Urine Spraying
  • Overgrooming (can lead to hair loss)
  • Pacing
  • Vocalisation
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