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.