Do your pets get distressed with the sound of fireworks?

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As Bonfire Night approaches, many people will be busy buying fireworks and planning displays during this week, but may forget about the traumatic effects these noisy evenings can have on dogs and other pets.

In years gone by, fireworks were only displayed on one or two nights around the 5th November, however nowadays, fireworks seem to be raging for both weeks either side of the official bonfire night.

Loud bangs and flashes created by fireworks can be exciting for humans but very frightening for animals. This can make it a very traumatic time for some pet owners, especially for their dogs and also horses too.

Is your pet anxious about the sound of fireworks?  Do you dread this time of year?  What are your strategies for managing your fearful pet at this time of year? Or is your pet totally unfazed by the sound of fireworks?

Do your pets get distressed with the sound of fireworks?

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major red
19th Aug 2016
0
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no ours loves them when he was small we held him and he was not frighted now he sleeps so not hear them he is old like his dad me lol
thefilthycripple
12th Nov 2015
1
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I know a top dog trainer who assures me that properly trained pets do not fret ,it is usually the mollycoddled ones that play up !
celtwitch
6th Nov 2015
2
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Isn't it odd that the climate change fanatics are silent on the subject of Bonfire Night, when all across the nation hundreds of thousands of bonfires are lit and millions of fireworks let off?
The carbon emissions for that one night alone (though it's never just ONE night is it?) must dwarf the emissions from all other sources for an entire year?
But, not a peep from the 'warmists' or the government!
Blonde Biker
6th Nov 2015
1
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My poor cat was so distressed by the loud noises and bright flashes, that she hid away until very late. She is so tired today but at least she is now sleeping well.
I shut all the curtains, turned the TV up and gave her treats but she was still very nervous.
I almost wish that fireworks were banned in private homes as the noise was bad from about 5pm until 9.30pm. Fireworks seem much louder than they used to be as well and even made me jump a few times!
Surfergirl
5th Nov 2015
1
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I make sure all my animals are in, and we have a fun and treats night. I close all the curtains and doors to minimise firework noise
and put the tv on and we play, have cuddles, fusses and treats. They can't wait til next fireworks night.
helen M
5th Nov 2015
2
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Most of the dogs I have had have been terrified of fire works. Only last night my grey hound bolted & was finely found three hours later four miles away in a distressed condition . Luckily someone found him & took him home.
Fireworks should be banned on any other night than the 5th, November & only allowed at organised events.
H.T.
Barbara58
21st Dec 2015
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Why did you let the poor dog out????
You know every night from October onwards is an excuse for fireworks. Keep him in and no walks after dark.
Just stupid.
Mrsmollywobbles
4th Nov 2015
1
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Our rescue boxer also gets distressed with fireworks or any loud noise. I used to breed Labs & all the pups were 'bomb proofed' before they left me. It's such a simple thing but sooo important
BelindaF
3rd Nov 2015
2
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Our rescue dog gets extremely upset and stressed and it doesn't help that fireworks go on nightly for at least a couple of weeks. I've tablets from the vet for him and a plug in neither of which help. We literally try everything to calm him. I just wish it was only organised displays and fireworks were no longer sold to the public.
TerryR
2nd Nov 2015
1
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Got a Terrier (Cross between a Yorkie and a Cairn). Not bothered at all with fireworks, Hot Air Balloons, Gun Fire. He's certainly not deaf (unless he wants to be). He's 12 now and the only thing that really get's him is seeing any form of violence including the TV variety. One of a kind!
Duggye
2nd Nov 2015
1
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My poor staffy gets so upset with the loud bangs he races round barking and gets really stressed out. They should only be in controlled displays although our council has cancelled the display this year so this will encourage more fireworks being sold to anyone I think the sale of fireworks should be bannedas rhey are far too dangerous.
Loretta Mosley
2nd Nov 2015
1
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we have had fireworks for the last 2 weeks, Halloween evening was really bad with the neighbours, my dog hates any loud noises and he was running round panting, I shut all doors,windows and turn up the tv or radio, last year I tried him with tablets but didn't seem to help. this year I have got some drops you put behind his ears, but haven't noticed any difference with those either.
Wilf
2nd Nov 2015
1
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I think that dogs hearing is so incredible even if you put music on etc they can still sense the fireworks
AnnHar1
1st Nov 2015
2
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Our beautiful Border Collie us terrified of loud bangs not just fireworks but also gunfire 🙁 As we live surrounded by fields. farms and woods there is often shooting going on at certain times of the year. We put Rescue Remedy into her drinking water which helps she also makes a nest for herself under my hubbies desk at the rear of the house where she hears less of the racket. She is so bad that she doesn't even want to venture out from her "nest" to eat so we sometimes feed her where she is 🙁 The problem is that its NOT just Bonfire night there are also lots more fireworks at New year too that started on Millienium Eve and seems now to have become the norm! Drives me nuts and I often wonder how all the farmers and stables etc cope with it all !!
JohnHerb
1st Nov 2015
2
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Its not fair on animals especially dogs and cats many of who get terrified by fireworks. the problem nowadays also is many people are letting them off from about 31st October for about a week instead of just |November 5th so the poor animals have days of noise.
Wilf
1st Nov 2015
3
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One of our dogs hated fireworks and we used to have to turn the radio up load so he didn't hear them. Once we went to a local firework party and he wreaked the kitchen so after that we always stayed in for him. Its not fair as many animals are terrified of all the big bangs of fireworks. I think less and less people are having fireworks in their own gardens anyway.
juelsi
1st Nov 2015
4
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I think like many, that fireworks should be restricted to professional displays and not allowed for back gardens and families who don't always read the instructions about safety and distances.
JohnHerb
1st Nov 2015
1
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Yes I agree with you juelsi

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