Don’t Make a Noise Make a Difference!
Don’t Make a Noise Make a Difference!
The autumn nights are drawing in and like every year we see an increase in the use of fireworks, and sadly, we know that fireworks terrify many animals every year and some even become seriously injured when running away to escape the noise.
Oak Tree Animals’ Charity are asking animal lovers to act by donating money to local charities that would otherwise be used to purchase fireworks. Caroline Johnson, General Manager, said:
“Fireworks season can be a daunting time for many pet owners. We know that 1 in 2 dogs, 1 in 3 cats, and 4 out of 5 horses show fear or anxiety when they hear fireworks. We hope that our #DontMakeANoiseMakeADifference campaign will help reduce the number of private firework events that occur throughout October and November and give pet owners support and advice to keep their pets as calm as possible. We recognise that many people love fireworks so ask them to consider attending a public display rather than holding their own or consider using silent fireworks to cause less stress to animals in their neighbourhood.
Working together we can help make this period better for animals in our region.”
Oak Tree Animals’ Charity has shared some advice to remember on (and around) 5th November to help keep your pet as calm as possible:
Part of the reason dogs and cats are frightened by fireworks is due to the noise being so unfamiliar. You can desensitise your pet by playing firework sounds at a very low level, rewarding calmness and then gradually increasing the volume as the time increases. Remember to take it very slow, over several weeks and months, at no point should your pet be scared – you can find firework desensitisation sounds online.
Creating a safe space
Cosy dens can make all the difference to your pet at fireworks time. Provide your pet with somewhere they can hide away from windows and disturbance. Soundproof using blankets and cushions and put a few of their favourite toys and treats in the den. Introduce the den a few weeks before the event so your pet has time to get used to it. Cats may prefer to sleep up high so clear a shelf in a quiet place, so they feel safe.
Did you know that you can use products such as Pet Remedy, Adaptil (for dogs) or Feliway (for cats) to help support your pet during fireworks. Please ask your vet or local animal charity for advice.
Preparation for equines
During the fireworks period keep your horse’s routine as normal as possible. Check social media and local papers for details of when fireworks displays are taking place and, if possible, stay with your horse and play music during these times to help mask the sound. Don’t forget to tidy your equine yard to reduce the risk of fire. Clear away any unused combustible materials like hay, straw, sawdust or paper bedding, and move it away from the stable areas.
On the night
Walking your dog during the daylight hours can help you avoid being out when fireworks start. Always keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off. If your pet is scared during fireworks, stay with them and reassure them as appropriate. Play calm classical music to help mask the noises and make sure your curtains are shut! Classic FM are playing special programmes from 5pm to 9pm on Saturday 4 November and Sunday 5 November for pets to help you keep your pets calm during the peak of the season.
To get involved, visit the Oak Tree website where you can download their Free Advice Pack for some top tips and fun activities: https://www.oaktreeanimals.org.uk/news/259/106/Dont-Make-a-Noise-Make-a-Difference.html
If you are seeking further support and advice, email [email protected] or call on 01228 560082 (between 10.00am to 4.00pm).