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Fireworks and our pets

A lot of animals including our pets find fireworks very scary. As owners and animal loves we can find it hard to watch our animals frozen in fear, hiding under beds or even worse running away, jumping fences etc. 

It’s hard to help Animals like cows, sheep etc but we can help our pets. 

Start now - Prepare your pet

This one is for our dogs. Planning ahead can help them a lot. By helping prepare your dog it can help them cope with fireworks when it starts. 

Right now we would choose a nice quiet area in your house for your pet. Let’s call it their fort. Your dog should feel calm and in control in this area and you should do your best not to interfere when your dog is in this area. 

Work with your dog to train them to associate their fort with positive experiences. This can be where they get their favourite treat and play with a new toy. 

Over time your dog will associate their fort as a safe place and go here when they are scared. 

It’s important to ensure your pet always has access to their fort. This means all the time, even when you’re not at home. 

Music

Playing music is a great way to keep your dog calm during the fireworks. There are a ton of Youtube videos with calming music along with good videos. Classic FM is also a good choice!

Playing this music in your dogs fort will also help.

 

Here is one my dogs love!

When the fireworks start

Here are a few things we suggest once the fireworks start:

  1. Walk your dog during the day before fireworks start. This means their is less chance of them being spooked during their walk.
  2. Ensure your garden is secure. If they are out at the toilet a firework can scare them and they can run away. As a microchip database, we deal with 100’s of cases of this a year. 
  3. When the fireworks start, head to your dog’s fort and chill with them. Bring a book or a tablet to keep yourself occupied.
  4. Make sure all windows and shut tight to muffle the sounds as much as possible. 
  5. Close all your blinds and curtains, this also helps muffle the noise and hides the flashes
  6. Ignore the fireworks yourself, this will help your dog to ignore them.

What about cats?

There are a few things we can do for our cats to help them through firework season:

  1. Keep them indoors during firework season, particularly at night. 
  2. Make them a little fort as well. This will give them somewhere to hide and feel safe. 
  3. Don’t try and tempt them out. They’ll come out when they are ready.

Small Animals and fireworks

We can also help small animals like our Rabbits etc during firework season with a few small changes:

  • Partly cover cages to muffle noise, always leave a gap for them to look out
  • Provide extra bedding so they can snuggle and burrow. 
  • Bring them into the home. This needs to be done gradually so start now!

Microchip Microchip Microchip

Make sure your pet’s microchip is up to date during the firework season. If you’re a MyPet customer follow the steps outlined HERE to check your details are up to date. 

If you’re not sure who your pet is registered with follow these instructions to check:

  1. Search your inbox for Microchip. This may show you who your pet is registered with or; 
  2. Find your pet’s microchip number, this can be found on your pet’s paperwork, your vet may also have this on record. If not your vet can scan for a microchip.
  3. Search this microchip number below. We will tell you which if any database has details on your pet’s microchip
  4. If your pet’s microchip is registered contact that database and ensure your details are up to date. 
  5. If your pet’s microchip is not registered register with us here: https://app.mypethq.io/register

Enter your microchip number

Your microchip number is 15 digits long

Changing the law

We can help our pets deal with fireworks but what about horses, cows, sheep, goats, hedgehogs, birds and all the other animals we share our planet with?

We firmly believe the law needs to change and we support the RSCPA campaign. Find out more about their campaign HERE.

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