Pets and fireworks: how to survive

Although humans love fireworks, pets can be frightened by them

Keeping your pets comfortable during holidays is easy with these tips.

  • Before the fireworks start, feed them well so their full bellies will make them feel sleepy.
  • Run around the park or take your dog for a long walk before attending the light show.
  • Make sure they use the toilet before the fireworks, to avoid any nervous accidents inside.
  • Keep your pet indoors with the windows and curtains closed.
  • Distract them with their favorite toy or a long-lived treat, such as a Kong full of goodies.
  • To drown out the sound of the fireworks, turn on the TV or radio.
  • If your pet wants to hide, let him or her do so. Don’t try to coax them out, just let them be.
  • Consider getting your pet an anxiety or thunder jacket (available at most good pet shops). SA nights can be very hot, so don’t leave them swaddled in their jackets in the heat.
  • Calming scents like lavender can help you relax. Try diffusing this scent or rubbing some diluted lavender oil on your hands and then over their bed. Note: to ensure your pet enjoys the scent, make sure he or she likes it first. Their sense of smell is much greater than ours, so less is more for them.
  • Consult your veterinarian. If you are concerned about your pet’s safety due to their anxiety, consult your veterinarian.

Last but not least…

As pets have been known to disappear during fireworks, make sure your pets are wearing ID tags!


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