Keeping your dog safe during fireworks

Dr David Tweedle, My Family Pet Vet and Clinical Director at Natures Vet in Somerset, is here to make your Bonfire Night run much more smoothly…

Walk your dog carefully

If you can, walk your dog before dark, or as early in the evening as possible. It’s also a good idea to keep them on the lead. This will make sure you can see them at all times, and will stop them from running off if they hear a firework going off. 

It might be unlikely, but there’s always the risk of your dog coming across an abandoned firework at this time of year, so make sure you stay vigilant.

Inside = good

Other than walks and necessary toilet breaks, firework season is a time for the wonderful world of inside. That way, you’ll know your dog is safe. If they’re bored or restless, take the opportunity to strengthen the bond between you and play some games.

Be entertaining

Distractions are your best friend (and your best friend’s best friend) during Bonfire Night. Put the TV or radio on loud and supply your dog with plenty of toys and treats.

Be there

You might love going out to watch firework displays, but your dog would really appreciate your company at home. Remember that they don’t understand what Bonfire Night is, and what the loud noises are all about. They’ll feel a great deal safer having you there with them.

But be cool 

Let your dog come to you and leave you as they please. If they want to cuddle, that’s fine. If they want to be alone, that’s also fine. 

The important thing is to avoid smothering your dog – it might feel like the natural way of protecting them, but you don’t want to make them feel claustrophobic or suffocated by accident.

A place to hide

Your pet should have somewhere to hide. Somewhere they feel safe and somewhere that is theirs and theirs alone. If you’re strapped for ideas, you can use their crate! Just give them their privacy by covering it with a heavy blanket – and keep the door open so they can come and go as they please.

Consider a natural calming aid

If your pet is especially terrified of fireworks, and you need extra help when getting them to feel safe and calm, try a natural calming product like Vetpro: Stress & anxiety.

If you’re unsure about calming products, medications and the like, it’s always worth having a chat with your vet.

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