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Fireworks season is about to kick-off

The following advice is provided on the National RSPCA web site

The loud bangs and pretty lights can be fun for us, but with their acute hearing, many pets, of all sizes, find firework noise and flashes frightening.

Did you know noises from fireworks may even cause your pet physical ear pain? Please read our helpful tips to help your pets cope better with fireworks.

Planning ahead for fireworks

If your pet suffers from fireworks phobia, please do talk to your vet as the condition is entirely treatable. You may be referred to a behavioural expert for help.

Behavioural changes often take time, so here’s some quick tips to help your pets during fireworks:

  • 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,

  • 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 them when they’re scared as it can make things worse,

  • make sure your pets are microchipped in case they escape.

Help for dogs and fireworks

It’s estimated 45 per cent of dogs are fearful of fireworks – here are some ways you can help:


  • Create a ‘dog den’ in a quiet, dark area of the house with extra bedding to hide.Train your dog to associate their den with positive experiences i.e. a place for treats and playtime (such as a kong with treats inside).

  • Train your dog to associate their den with positive experiences i.e. a place for treats and playtime (such as a kong with treats inside).

  • Give them their walk earlier in the day.

Ignore the fireworks yourself, acting different may increase stress for your dog.


  • Let them out in the garden with no lead. If they need the toilet, take them out on a lead to prevent escape.

  • Force them to come out of their hiding area.

  • Never ever take a dog to a fireworks display – even if they don’t make noise – it’s still highly likely to be a stressful situation for them.

Help with cats and fireworks

It’s not unusual for cats to be frightened of fireworks, to help your cat during a display:


  • Provide a hiding place,

  • keep your cat inside and secure any possible escape routes,

  • make sure a litter tray is available.


  • try to tempt your cat out of their hiding place,

  • try to pick them up or restrain them.

There are diffusers on the market that may be able to help relax your cat or dog at home– speak to your vet if you’d like to find out more about these products.

Fireworks for rabbits and other small animals

It’s important not to forget any smaller animals that you’re taking care of, as they often find fireworks scary too.

  • If you can, bring any outside pets inside with their enclosure inside to a quieter area, such as a shed, unused garage or your home.

  • Partly cover cages, pens and aviaries with blankets for soundproofing. However, make sure they can still see out.

  • Also provide extra bedding so they can burrow to feel more safe.

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