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Do your pets get distressed with the sound of fireworks?

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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Moyo55
2 days ago
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Why do fireworks have to be so noisy, it’s the display that matters. I feel they are safer at organised displays and the use should be restricted date wise so it doesn’t seem continuous every night for weeks.
Moon50
6 days ago
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It’s the bangs that cause my pets so much distress. I don’t feel these have a place in modern society.
Allymar123
9th Nov 2019
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I'm a great believer in community bonfire and fireworks displays. It keeps everything in one place and can be policed better. Less accidents and usually away from housing.
Growing up, we had a bonfire in the wooded area at the bottom of our cul-de-sac. It ALWAYS ended with a tree going on fire and the fire brigade attending to put it out!
So pleased that happens less often nowadays.
jeandiane
8th Nov 2019
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Fireworks are OK but should perhaps be limited to the one weekend nearest to 5th November ?
They go on too long and are distressing to animals.
WendyB475
8th Nov 2019
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Fireworks should not be allowed to the general public. Displays are usually announced so at least preparations can be made for pets. The random booms for around 2 weeks are horrendous. Veterans and fire crews also have it hard.
Cariad 35
8th Nov 2019
2
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Fireworks should not be available to the general public. I've nothing against organised firework displays but restricted to November 5th.
shemarg
8th Nov 2019
1
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There are now silent fireworks which can be enjoyed by evee
ALW10
6th Nov 2019
3
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Pets getting upset/distressed by fireworks is terrible mine are not happy at all. There is the bigger picture too of farm animals, wildlife, and now fireworks being used as weapons and thrown at ambulances and firemen.

Personally the sooner there is a ban from selling fireworks to the general public the better. Organised displays with silent fireworks would be a much preferable option.

Many years ago when our son was small we visited Disney in the USA and the Epcot centre had a marvellous light show to music, reckon that beats fireworks any day.
Peewee22
5th Nov 2019
1
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Even though my house cats are not bothered by fireworks I still feel that fireworks should be restricted to official displays.
MaureenL17
3rd Nov 2019
0
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I no longer have a dog but she used to get very distressed at the sound of fireworks and would climb on my lap and shake like a leaf.I do wish fireworks were limited to special days such as Bonfire Night and New Years Eve and maybe New Years Day.
CaroB4
3rd Nov 2019
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My dog comes and climbs up close to me and I know she has heard a firework as she only does it then! Some going off locally tonight and she was shaking like a leaf in the kitchen..I had to talk to her and try and indicate there was nothing to worry about,,,she is lying under my feet right now even though all quiet at last! I think she must have heard fireworks when a very young pup before we got her as no other dog of ours has had this problem. My pup has taken no notice of the bangs tonight...so long may it last!
Yagala
3rd Nov 2019
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There is a great diversity in dogs like there are many in men.
The last dog I had was a great Dane, 70 kg and 1 meter at the shoulder.
On a particular day I was walking with him along a canal path when without reason or rhyme, a youngster threw a banger at him.
That was a very stupid thing to do because my dog was not afraid of it, it made him angry and he went immediately for the youngster.
Luckily I had him on two leashes and could hold him back.
Have anyone ever see a great Dane in attack mode?It is not nice to look at that gaping mouth and those big teeth, well the youngster did not like the picture and thus he befouled himself.
What I mean with this story is the fact that fire works are OK but regard where and when you light them.
I used to live in a country where the banger were put into letter boxes and letter slots in front doors, and that is not on, one even tried to see what would happen when he threw one at me, he still will remember the result of that because I did hit him quite hard.
One should be conscious about the use of bangers and not over do it.
Roxy1707
2nd Nov 2019
1
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I think fireworks should be restricted to some fixed dates, public displays only and not sold Over the counter
molly 65
2nd Nov 2019
1
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Our dog gets very upset!!!
DawnB299
2nd Nov 2019
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I think "quiet fireworks" are the only ones that should be sold over the counter to the public. I'm sure this would deter the people who think it's fun to set them off from October to January - not so much 'fun' for them if there was only a gentle fizz!
Still allow the 'big bangs' for organised displays with a licence who I assume need one for health & safety etc, At least people would know when they're on & what to expect and its only for a short period of time.
Macmay
2nd Nov 2019
2
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They should only allow organised groups to do firework displays, also like some countries, they have silent fireworks, which should be used. I’m sad for all the animals domestic and wild, however, I’m also sad for veterans and people who suffer when there are loud noises and flashes.
KathrynL4
2nd Nov 2019
1
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Our border collie is petrified. He has a thunder vest to wear, we get plug ins that are meant to have a calming affect and have tried medication from vets but he still trembles and shakes and doesn't know what to do with himself. One minute he wants to be with us then he will go on the floor or jump on another chair. We have to comfort him as much as we can. We put the telly on really loud and we don't leave him. If it was just one night that would be fine but it's not. Because people can buy fireworks we have already had them going off last weekend and now, as the 5th is on a weekday, we will no doubt have them going off all this weekend and Monday and of course the night itself. There should be organised displays only, away from built up areas. One night only.
Lionel
1st Nov 2019
3
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Again, one of the great pleasures of living in a remote part of East Anglia is that we so seldom hear fire works. But in case a new comer to the area (there are so few) should get frisky with fireworks my Collies each have a Valerian capsule at tea time. Helps us all with a good night's sleep.
Mary Lincoln
1st Nov 2019
2
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I have a 14 yr old cat who is so upset when's the bangers go off. They've are getting louder every year. She hides in the airing cupboard. At least it's nice and warm in there for her. Can't say l like the noise either.
ElisabethR
1st Nov 2019
3
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Our lab is not bothered by loud noise BUT so many are. I have been of the opinion for a long time that fireworks should not be available to the general public. Wonderful organised displays out there people. All our pillar boxes will now be sealed up because if the Morin's who put fireworks in them. Already several injuries reported from stupidity with fireworks. One moment if 'fun' can result in devastating eye injuries. Nothing is worth risking that for.
jacacc1210
31st Oct 2019
4
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We are very lucky and our wee dog doesn't bother about the fireworks or loud bangs. I am getting to the point where I think they should ban fireworks and just keep them to organised events and displays. This would not only keep our pets safe but children can be safe and enjoy the organised displays.
Munsterlander
31st Oct 2019
5
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As a dog lover I can say they hate fireworks bless them and should not be allowed to see or hear them as it terrifies them.

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