This weekend is Halloween, followed shortly after by Guy Fawkes and the Hindu holiday of Diwali. This means, other than fun and festivities for many people, we can also except loud noises and fireworks which can be very overwhelming and stressful for our pets.
Here, we touch on some of the reasons why these festivities can be stressful for our pets as well as a few ways we can help ease their anxiety and help them feel safe and calm.
Why do fireworks scare pets?
- Fireworks are loud | Our pets can hear better and further than we can, which means the loud bangs and noises from fireworks are extremely distressing for their sensitive ears.
- Fireworks are unpredictable | we, as humans, expect noises and fireworks on Diwali and Guy Fawkes, but for your pets, it’s just another day. The flashing lights and loud noises are unexpected and inconsistent, catching them off guard and making it hard for them to get used to it all.
- Fireworks are hard to escape | When pets are scared, they flee in an attempt to find a safe place, or retreat to a hiding place to block out the sounds that are causing them stress and anxiety.
Top tips to keep your pet safe and calm
Here are a few guidelines on how to prepare for the upcoming festive days, that will help ease the stress and anxiety your pets may experience.
- Keep your pets indoors to prevent them from fleeing and potentially getting lost or hurt.
- Create a comfortable hiding place indoors. Set up a little den for them with blankets, pillows and their favourite bed to help them feel safe and secure. For smaller pets, you could cover their cages or pens with blankets to block out the sound.
- Stay home with your pet. Your presence will help your pet stay calm and feel reassured. However, do not force them out of hiding, as this may add to their stress.
- Block out visibility and noise. Draw your curtains, close doors and windows to prevent them from seeing any sudden flashing lights and to reduce any noise.
- Turn on a familiar background noise such as the television or radio, to help muffle the harsh cracking sounds of fireworks.
- Give your pet their favourite meal, as this may help settle them down for a good nap.
- Use exercise and stimulation (early in the day). For dogs, take them out for a walk early before the fireworks start, to help relax them and get rid of excess energy. For cats and smaller pets, give them their favourite toys earlier in the day and encourage them to play, so that they are a little more tired and sleepy by the time the festivities begin.
- Consider calming products from brands such as Calmeze, Pegasus and Herbal Pet to help your pet stay calm and deal with the anxiety and stress (see our list of products below)
- Microchip your pet well in advance, in case they do get out and possibly get lost.
- Above all, remain calm yourself. Pets can often sense our state so if you’re feeling anxious or stressed, you may unintentionally add to their stress.
- Still worried? Speak to your veterinarian if you’re not sure these tips will be enough to help your pet feel calm and safe. They may be able to suggest alternatives that will help your pet cope.
Recommended calming products:
Here are some effective calming supplements and homeopathic remedies available at Absolute Pets.
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Happy & Healthy
The Absolute Pets team