Orchard Vet's Blog

Bonfire Night reminders for pet owners


Many animals find fireworks scary and unfortunately, there’s not often any warning of private fireworks displays locally. We’ve put together a list of things that might help keep your furry friend content this fireworks season…

- Consider taking your dog for a walk earlier in the day – ideally, before it gets dark to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off.

- Try to keep cats indoors once it gets dark too to avoid them becoming stressed by loud noises.

- Create a cosy safe space for cats and dogs. Kit it out with food and water bowls, favourite toys and blankets and maybe even a hiding place they can retreat to if they feel they need to. This safe space should be in the quietest room in your house with windows shut and curtains drawn.

- Put music on the TV to help drown out the sound of any fireworks.

- For extra nervous animals we may be able to prescribe pheromones – call us well in advance to discuss your options.

- Make sure microchip details are up to date. This could help reunite you with your pet should they become startled and attempt to escape or run away from loud noises.

- For smaller furries, consider bringing outdoor pets inside, and cover any hutches with a towel or blanket.

Remember, we’re here to help, so call us if you need any advice on how to make this fireworks season as stress-free for your pet as possible!