Keeping your dog firework safe
We all know that firework season can be a stressful time for our pets. Lots of people worry about how to keep their dog firework safe and their anxiety at a minimum. But here in Cornwall, communities are being proactive to keep both pets and the local environment safe.
The rotary club in Penzance has decided this year that they would not put on fireworks displays as they “love animals and the environment” more than the fireworks that cause them so many problems.
Helping make your dog firework safe
If you do not live somewhere where you can easily avoid fireworks, here are some ways you can help make your dog firework safe through the difficult time. The RSPCA say that during the fireworks you should:
- Make sure you walk your dogs during daylight hours so that you can avoid the fireworks being set off.
- Create a safe space for your dog (a “safe haven”) and provide them with toys and other things that they like.
- Avoid leaving your dog alone so make sure you have things to do as well.
- Close windows and curtains to limit the amount of sound coming through and make sure your dog’s “safe haven” is blacked out so they cannot be scared by the flashes.
- Put on music or TV so the sound of fireworks is blocked out more.
- Ignore the firework noises yourself and try to distract your dog by playing with a toy. If you react, your dog may pick up on this and react themselves.
If you want to find more information about protecting your dog and other animals such as cats, small animals and horses, visit this link https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/general/fireworks
Being organised and prepared is so important for your dog’s wellbeing during firework season. Making plans to keep them safe and relaxed is so important. You can find more advice online and at the RSPCA website.