• Try to walk your dog before dusk so they will be
relaxed and have been to the toilet before the
• Allow cats to hide away, they may choose spots
high up on furniture or want to hide under the
bed. Don’t try to get them out of these spaces as
they have chosen them because they feel safe.
• Feeding your pets in the late afternoon may
also make them feel more relaxed.
• Make sure your cats are in before the fireworks
start and leave them indoors overnight,
remembering to provide extra litter trays during
• Do not leave your dog alone and make sure
they are indoors when the fireworks start.
• Create a safe place or den away from
windows and keep the curtains closed. Your
dog must be able to access the den at all
times. Cover the sides with a blanket or
a thick duvet to muffle the noise of the
fireworks. Put treats in the den so they
associate it with a positive experience.
• For dogs, plug in an Adaptil diffuser, at least
two weeks before the firework period. This will
release a dog appeasing pheromone that will
help calm your dog. For cats plug in a Feliway
diffuser that will give off appeasing pheromones
for cats that will help them feel more secure.
• Try to follow a normal routine and do not
• Avoid soothing your pets as this will give
them a sense that there is something to
be worried about and may inadvertently
reinforce their anxious behaviour. Do not
punish fearful behaviour.
• Try playing moderately loud music to mask
• Supplements such as Zylkene, which can be
prescribed by your vet, may help reduce anxiety.
• Long term desensitisation using a CD with
firework sounds may help, it needs to be
started a month or two in advance. Initially
the CD is played at a low volume and
gradually the volume is increased.
It’s that time of year again! For those of you with dogs and cats with
firework phobia, the season can appear endless. Some dogs may tremble and
pant, others will bark. They may also want to hide in small spaces. Cats are
also likely to want to hide away. It is a stressful time of year for our pets.
Firework advice for pets...
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