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Keeping small furry pets happy during firework season in Northamptonshire
October 14, 2023
As firework season gets underway, it’s important we help our small furry pets to get through as stress-free as possible. If you have a small furry pet that normally lives outside, then read on to understand what Daventry Vets’ nursing team advise owners to organise ahead of firework displays in Northamptonshire.
If you have any questions then do not hesitate to contact us.
Why does my small furry pet need to come inside during fireworks season?
There are a number of reasons why our Daventry veterinary nurses recommend bringing your outdoor kept small furry pets inside in a cool room of your house, or a shed or garage when it’s firework season Once indoors, you can help decrease the noise and flashes by closing curtains and leaving the lights on in a house. If you are unable to bring the hutch inside turn it against the wall to decrease the flashes you can also cover it with a blanket, but remember to check there is still good ventilation.
1. Noise sensitivity
Small furry pets have highly sensitive hearing which helps them to avoid predators in the wild. Due to the loud, sudden noises produced by fireworks, it can be extremely distressing. Our vet nurses want Northamptonshire pet owners to understand that exposure to loud noises can lead to anxiety and panic in small pets.
2. Your pet’s flight response
Your pet could be at risk of injury due to their natural ‘flight’ response. If your pet feels threatened or stressed, they could try to escape their cage/enclosure.
3. Reduced comfort and security
Small pets rely on their own familiar environment for comfort and security – fireworks change this environment and disrupt their sense of safety. Give them boxes to hide in, deep bedding to help decrease the noise, their favourite toys to play with, favourite treats and always keep them in their bonded pair or group.
To discuss your own small furry pet with our team this firework season, contact Daventry Vets on 01327 877767.