Many dogs and cats are afraid of the loud and sudden bangs that are heard sporadically at this time of year.
The fireworks season is just around the corner, which can be a stressful time for many pets and their owners alike.
Many pets become stressed and anxious during the fireworks season.
The law states that you may not light or throw fireworks, including sparklers, in the street or other public places.
The fireworks season usually starts earlier each year and lasts from October until the New Year’s Eve celebration.
Pets can show signs of stress or anxiety in several ways, including
You are not allowed to light fireworks between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., except on Bonfire Night, when the curfew is midnight, and on New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the curfew is 1 a.m.
For pets affected by loud noises, the fireworks season can be a frightening time. Because so many dogs are affected by the loud bang of fireworks, pet owners can plan in advance to take measures to keep their pets calm during this time of year.
RVN Korina Stephens from the vet said: “This time of year can be extremely stressful for pets and their owners. With the restrictions currently in place across the UK, many families will not be able to visit a publicly organised exhibition.
“This could lead to more loud noises in the neighbourhood as families enjoy DIY shows in their own gardens.
“There are some positive steps pet owners can take to keep dogs and cats quiet during this time. It’s also important to think about smaller pets such as rabbits that may still be outside at this time of year.
Preparing for fireworks in advance is always a good way to ensure that this time of year is stress-free.
“As an owner, it is never nice to see your four-legged friend scared or stressed. If you are worried about your pet during this time, talk to your veterinarian who can best advise you.
“He can recommend a calming supplement such as rest or advice on behavioral techniques for extreme forms of fear.
Before the night of the bonfire, you could help your pet get used to the bang associated with fireworks. There is a lot of downloadable content on YouTube that could help.
However, be sure to check with a behaviorist or veterinarian first if your dog has an extreme noise phobia, as this could make the situation worse.
To help your dog during this stressful time, here are some tips that may help you: