Top tips for stress free fire­works

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

WITH both Di­wali and Guy Fawkes Night com­ing up over the next few weeks now is a good time to think about the things you can do to keep your pets safe and as stress free as pos­si­ble.

Fire­works can be a source of fear for many an­i­mals but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Don’t ig­nore the prob­lem – fol­low the RSPCA’s top tips to make fire­works cel­e­bra­tions less fright­en­ing for your pets.

Give your dog or cat some­where in­side your home to hide that they can have ac­cess to at all times (eg un­der fur­ni­ture or in a cup­board)

Walk dogs dur­ing day­light hours. Keep cats and dogs in­doors when fire­works are likely to be set off.

At night­fall close win­dows and cur­tains. Put on some mu­sic to mask the sound of fire­works.

Never pun­ish or fuss over your pet when they are scared, this will only make things worse over the long run.

Make sure your pet can’t es­cape if there is a sud­den noise. Have them mi­crochipped just in case.

Our ad­vice for dog own­ers is to close any win­dows and black out a ‘doggy play area’ so your dog can’t see the flash­ing lights.

Be­fore fire­works be­gin move your dog to the doggy play area with all their favourite toys.

Ig­nore the fire­works your­self. Play with a toy to see if your dog wants to join in, but don’t force them.

If your dog has a doggy friend that isn’t scared of fire­works keep them to­gether, your dog may be com­forted by them.

Cat own­ers should en­sure pets have some­where to hide if they want to (for ex­am­ple this may be un­der some fur­ni­ture or in a quiet cor­ner).

Don’t try and tempt your cat out as this will cause them to be­come more stressed.

Don’t for­get your small an­i­mals. If your pets live out­side, par­tially cover cages, pens and aviaries with blan­kets so that one area is well sound­proofed. Make sure though your pet is still able to look out.

Pro­vide lots of ex­tra bed­ding so your pet has some­thing to bur­row in.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.rspca.org.uk/ fire­works

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