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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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iestynlad
22nd Nov 2017
1
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Truthfully mine don't but we don't have any nearby in this locality. I do however think that the sale to the public should be banned. There is a current petition on this and there will be a debate in parliament on 29th January. Please write to your MP although if they are conservative there is a stock irrelevant response but still worth doing as numbers can sometimes count
Judy W
7th Nov 2017
0
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Our son's dog barks at the back door to be let out so he can see and hear the fireworks properly. He also loves to go out in thunderstorms and isn't at all upset by the thunder and lightning!
TrinaL
6th Nov 2017
0
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My poor dog was shaking panting his little heart was racing and he’s was salivating to the point I thought he was going to have a heart attack . I have young children but would only take them to a display I understand children like them at home but my poor dog was petrified
Alicia
6th Nov 2017
3
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No but I do keep them indoors for the night. It is time fireworks were banned, nothing but a nuisance.
britishtea
5th Nov 2017
0
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I had a cat so to was no problem
iestynlad
22nd Nov 2017
0
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It can be for some cats and this year some yobs strapped a firework to a cat
stellat1947
5th Nov 2017
0
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A product called SILEO (gel) is simply amazing but expensive (£25+) can only buy at Vets or with a prescription from your vet for a on line purchase!

Worked almost instantly on my very scared Border Terrier. Apply gel between gums and cheeks!
Hope this helps!
BrianM59
4th Nov 2017
0
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My dog loves them, if we're out and some go off she sits and watches,when they finish she barks her approval and gets up wagging her tail like mad .
SusanK15
4th Nov 2017
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Both my dogs get stressed - I hate this time of year as it seems to go on forever.
I have a thunder shirt for Oscar who can get really distressed. Don't take them out until late at night when hopefully they have finished.
Lionel
4th Nov 2017
1
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There aren't a lot of fireworks around here, but, none the less, we routinely dose our three Collies with half a Valerian capsule late in the afternoon. Saves their anxiety and our worry about them.
SamD
4th Nov 2017
2
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It's not just Pets, Alzheimer's, ptsd, autism all struggle too. I would like a balance, go back to more restricted dates, we can plan for specific dates, we can't cope with either weeks on end, or someone letting fireworks off in June because it's their birthday.. and also restrict it to only organised displays - don't let them get into public hands, children seem to get hold of them with great ease, and do some terrible and stupid things with them.
linj
5th Nov 2017
2
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How right you are SamD. Have been in floods of tears today after reading that a cat in Derby had fireworks tied to it and then set of. The cat was found still alive its leg blown of and it’s fur gone. Unfortunately it died before a vet could get to it. What I’d like to do to these people is unmentionable but I’d be first in the queue to do it. Some of the fireworks used for Diwali and different festivals are more like mortars going of. Think fireworks should only be sold if you have a licence to use them for special occasions only.
AnnC42
4th Nov 2017
0
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my dog gets stressed but i wouldn't ask people not to have fireworks
Rasher
4th Nov 2017
1
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My little yorkie has to have tablets he is an absolute wreck
sueharbottle
4th Nov 2017
2
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The dog I have now isn't bothered by them, but my 2 previous dogs were terrified, the 1st with good cause as kids threw a firework close beside her. I firmly believe that the Government should make it illegal to set off fireworks except at properly organised events, where people have to be licensed by the local council and that should be advertised to warn people with pets. Fireworks these days are so loud, that if you live in a built up area it sounds lime a war zone, therefore really distressing for people with PTSD and elderly people.
JacquiM1
4th Nov 2017
2
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Think there should only be organised displays as fireworks very dangerous only this week three little rabbits have died as a rocket entered there run and set the straw alight so awful
Fatboyjim
4th Nov 2017
2
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Fireworks now should not be sold to the public and only be available for organised displays', it's. ridiculous they start at the first sign of dark and carry on until the early hours of the morning, my 7 month old Border Cocker is terrified of them, why have they got to be so loud ? After all it's the colours that count not how loud they are.
Jay Bird
4th Nov 2017
1
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My border terrier just shakes and pants, then his heart starts racing, when he hears the really loud bangs. Frightened me so much last year, that I got calms from the vets this year as he is getting old now. Should be restricted to proper functions. I dread this time of the year and New Years Eve too. I tried all the recommended stuff, like building a den. I sat in it like a lemon and he looked at me like I was mad!! will be glad once again when it's over. Hope all your pets stay safe and well x
Wilf
4th Nov 2017
1
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Our dog which is a gundog goes crazy with the bangs. he starts barking uncontrollably and the just howls. We put the TV on as loud as possible but even though we cannot hear them he seems to be able to. Its been going on for 400 years and I think when I was a youngster in the 60s/70s it was a lot worse as everyone in our neighbourhood used to have fireworks and now it seems there are a lot less private ones but a lot of big shows. Probably for the better and its also safer.
DerekA
4th Nov 2017
1
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I know my dogs are nuts to begin with..lol, but they creep behind the curtains to watch any going off, the bigger the flash/bang the more the tails way which is all I can see:-)
Sanderling
4th Nov 2017
4
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I've been told that in Italy they only sell silent fireworks. I think most owners of animals dread this time of year. Perhaps silent fireworks would be a compromise.
Wilf
4th Nov 2017
0
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Silent fireworks that's a new one on me but a great idea. The Chinese have the loudest I think with those firecrackers
iestynlad
22nd Nov 2017
1
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It's true silent fireworks in Italy
Wilf
22nd Nov 2017
0
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Well its a great idea..maybe we should have them here as well..good for Pets and doesn't bother anyone!
Grannyglen
3rd Nov 2017
2
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My dog has been sitting next to me shaking all night because of the fireworks. It will be bad again tomorrow I suppose. Fireworks should not be sold until a couple of days before bonfire night.
iestynlad
22nd Nov 2017
0
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What's the point of that - they all go off at the same time so even louder BAN them
Sarah Williams
3rd Nov 2017
4
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Why does our Government, year after year fail to take action and restrict the use of fireworks to the public. Its not only the distress to family pets, but livestock and wild animals can also be traumatised.
Grannyglen
3rd Nov 2017
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Wilf
4th Nov 2017
1
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I agree with you and a lot of them are terrified.
linj
6th Nov 2017
0
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There is a petition that can be signed at the moment limiting the use of fireworks to the public. Web address is. Petitions.parliament.uk. They need 1000.00 signatures to have it debated. They have about 78,000 signatures at the moment.

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