Keeping small furry pets happy during firework season in Surrey
October 13, 2023
If you have a small furry pet that normally lives outside, firework season can be a stressful time for them. Read on to understand what Molesey Vets’ team advise owners to organise ahead of firework displays in Surrey.
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Bringing small furry pets inside for fireworks
There are a number of reasons why our West Molesey team recommend bringing your outdoor kept small furry pets inside when you know there will be firework displays. Once inside, help to keep them calm by shutting the curtains and playing soft background music – this will help to dampen the light and noise associated with firework displays.
1. Noise sensitivity
Small furry pets have highly sensitive hearing which helps them to avoid predators in the wild. Our team want Surrey pet owners to know that loud noise exposure can lead to panic in small pets, which in turn then increases the risk of many life-threatening health conditions.
2. Flight vs fight response
If your pet feels threatened or stressed, they could try to escape their cage/enclosure due to their natural ‘flight’ response. Not only can they become injured or involved in a road traffic accident, they could also become lost or attacked by predators. Large firework displays often involve food and these scraps can attract all sorts of predators to your area.
3. Causing harm
Fireworks can cause physical harm to small animals if they are near the launch area of the fireworks. Think about what would happen to your pet should the firework debris land in their enclosure? The risk of smoke inhalation and high stress levels are too high so we advise pet owners in Surrey to bring their small furry pets indoors this firework season.
Small pets rely on their own familiar environment for comfort and security – fireworks change this environment and disrupt their sense of safety. Making them safe and comfortable in an indoor cage would help keep them happy. If your pet’s current cage is too large to move indoors, use their familiar bedding, toys, and blankets to make their inside enclosure a home away from home.
To discuss your own small furry pet with our team this firework season, contact Molesey Vets on 0208 791 384.
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