In early November in the UK, it’s not unusual to hear fireworks on nights that don’t just coincide with Bonfire Night. And on that night, it’s expected that more than 50% of UK adults will be holding private fireworks displays at home this year, roughly a 30% increase from before Covid. This amount of loud noise and flashing lights is unfortunately going to be very distressing for all kinds of animals – including dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, etc.
In this guide, we’ve listed 5 ways to combat this problem and ensure that your pets remain as stress-free as possible in the noisy firework season.
5. Silent Fireworks Equals Silent Pet
In recent years, silent and low noise fireworks have surged in popularity, most likely due to the raised awareness of the negative effect of loud fireworks on household pets. These can be a great way to reduce the stress of Bonfire Night on not just your pet, but all the animals in your area.
And if you’re not hosting a fireworks display but have a neighbour who is, why not recommend they buy quiet fireworks this year? After all, sometimes the best solution to a problem is at the source.
4. Try The Smelly Stuff
Don’t be afraid to invest in a pheromone diffuser or calming spray for your pet, as they can be as simple as plugging into the wall or spraying over the furniture to give an effective calming effect that’ll boost comfort levels during even the most stressful of situations.
Something like the Beaphar CaniComfort Dog Calming Diffuser Starter Kit or the Beaphar CatComfort Calming Diffuser Starter Kit can be a handy device that calms dogs or cats in the background, but there’s also calming sprays for dog and cat alike.
3. Serenade Your Pet
A great way to drone out the sound of fireworks is to play soothing music for your pets at a respectable volume so that the loud bangs and pops aren’t as surprising. Something like this can be helpful if played on repeat in the background to calm pets, although you might want to do it in a room upstairs so you can still hear the telly!
2. Make Every Pet An Indoor Pet
It goes without saying that the sound of fireworks are going to be reduced just by being indoors, so make sure to bring in your dog and cat and lock any pet flaps to keep them in. But also ensure that you’ve got all doors and windows closed at night and if necessary, close all of the curtains and blinds too. If you’ve got small animals in outdoor hutches or cages, consider bringing them indoors or moving them into a garage or shed while fireworks displays are active.
Bear in mind that these methods won’t shut out the sound and light completely (as many long-term pet owners will attest to), but they’ll hopefully go a long way in lowering stress.
1. Build A Doggy Safe Den
If you’ve got a dog who’s particularly skittish when fireworks are being set off, it might be a good idea to make a den in a quiet room in your house for your dog to feel safe and comfortable.
This could be easily done by using our HugglePets Fabric Crate Foldable Pet Carrier to make the perfect safe space for your dog this firework season.
There’s bound to be a bit of discomfort in November for pets, but by following our advice you’ll hopefully be able to avoid panic and have a quiet night in.
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