It is important to keep pets safe on bonfire night making sure that they are physically safe and that any fear or adverse reactions they may have to loud noises is kept to a minimum. Our friends at Mars have provided us with a fantastic set of tips to help see them through what can be quite a frightening time.
- Keep your pet safely contained in a secure, familiar, environment.
- Try to block out as much external noise and light as possible.
- Try to distract them with a fun activity.
- Remain calm, do not punish your pet if they seem anxious or distressed.
- Choose a room which your pet is used to spending time in and is a comfortable and safe place for them.
- Close all windows and doors, draw curtains and blinds to block out as much noise and light as possible.
- If your pet is used to the noise of the TV or radio, turning this on can help to block out some of the firework noise.
- Ensure your pet has a safe place to retreat to, such as their usual bed or crate and make sure they are not disturbed when they’re in there.
- If your pet shows signs of fear or distress, do not punish them.
- If you do interact with your pet, do so in a calm, quiet and reassuring way without making a big fuss.
- Don’t show anxiety or fear yourself, as your pet will pick up on this and become more anxious.
- To distract your pet, try to engage them in some play time with toys, but don’t force them if they don’t seem interested.
- Give them a pet-safe chew treat to focus their mind on something enjoyable.
- Ask your vet for advice about behavioural therapy to reduce noise phobia if this problem is distressing your pet.