Is your dog afraid of Fireworks?

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Whilst the majority of humans like fireworks it is estimated that 80% of owners have lived with a pet that has shown signs of fear or distress related to fireworks.

Because pets only hear fireworks for a limited time each year they do not have the opportunity to become desensitised to the noise and when fireworks are let off it can cause stress not only for pets but for their owners as well.

Animals also have sensitive hearing and loud bangs and whistles can cause them discomfort.

Unfortunately, fireworks are not just set off on 5th November but on New Year’s Eve and at public and private events. If you live close to a venue that regularly lets off fireworks it would be a good idea to ask them politely for a schedule of events involving fireworks and then you can plan accordingly.

This article will give you some tips and advice on how you can reduce the stress caused by fireworks for your pet. It is recommended that you familiarise yourself with this advice as it helps to have everything you need in advance.

The advice given is for single animals. If you have a multi-pet household you will need to take into account the relationship between your pets. Some will share a den/room whilst some will appreciate their own space.

… and remember, when it is all over don’t just open the door and let your pet out. Check their behaviour to satisfy yourself that they are completely settled before allowing them out.

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