With celebrations like Diwali (October 19) and Bonfire Night (November 5) fast approaching, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is encouraging owners to start easing their pets into the fireworks season to prevent possible distress.
At 150 decibels, fireworks can be as loud as a jet engine and, with dogs, cats and other pets particularly sensitive to noise, this time of the year can be traumatic and upsetting for many.
The BVA is offering simple evidence-based advice to help owners make informed decisions about their pets’ health and welfare this fireworks season.
BVA president John Fishwick said: “While fireworks are fun for adults and children, the loud noises and bright flashes can be traumatic for many animals.
“Owners can keep pets calm and safe a number of ways, from starting to prepare a ‘safe place’ for pets now through to providing background noise when fireworks are going off and, most importantly, staying calm themselves.
“If your pet gets severely distressed by fireworks, we’d encourage you to speak to your local vet as early as possible to discuss treatment options, which can achieve long-term success with professional input and owner commitment and patience.”