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BOOM it’s that fun time of year again for late nights, bonfires and fireworks! 

Fireworks are fun for us but the loud explosions and bright flashing lights can be very frightening for animals. Scared cats and dogs may run away and try hide which could result in them getting lost or injured. Frightened livestock may also try to run away so unless they are in a safe and secure place there is a very real risk they will get caught in fences, or break through fences/ gates.  

Planning ahead is the key to help keep your animals safe on firework nights.

  • Walk dogs before the fireworks start – this will help tire them out 
  • ALWAYS keep dogs and cats inside when fireworks are being let off.
  • Close all windows and doors, and block off cat flaps to stop pets escaping and to keep noise to a minimum.
  • Draw the curtains, and if the animals are used to the sounds of TV or radio, switch them on.
  • Distract them – special toys, chews, food puzzles and games can help.
  • Don’t overdo reassurance, it can reinforce the behaviour.
  • Hutches and enclosures should be brought into a quiet room indoors, or into a garage or shed.
  • Both cats and dogs should be microchipped and have a collar and identification tag with your contact details on it. 
  • Move horses and farm animals away from fireworks. Make sure all fences are secure. 

You could also contact your local vet if you’re concerned that the above tips won’t be enough to keep your animals calm and safe during fireworks. There are various calming aids available; one of the most fascinating and revolutionary developments in the fight against stress and phobias experienced by pets is the identification and use of pheromone therapy. Pheromones are natural chemical messengers, used in the animal kingdom, to communicate between members of the same species.  

Now that your pets are safe you can enjoy igniting the fireworks in all aspects of your life…               South Wairarapa Vets

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