Animals and fireworks

Fireworks have in all years been a traditional ingredient in our New Years celebrations. Fireworks bring joy the transaction from the old to the ­New Year. Our thoughts often go to our pets and their owners, they are not looking forward to bright flashes and loud bangs.




Useful tips for pet owners

Since we not are experts on animals, we have invited veterinarian Ingrid Lindren at Landskrona Småjursklinikk to give some good advice in this context. Her recommendations are as follows:

  • If possible do not let your pet be alone at home New Years Eve or the days before and after, when fireworks can be expected.
  • Give the dog diner a bit earlier in the evening New Years Eve, so it can make its evening rounds in good time before the fireworks commences.
  • Pull your drapes down so the lightening flashes from the fireworks do not take over in the room.
  • Play some pleasant music, so that the sound effects are less noticeable.
  • If the animal seems frightened, do not enhance the fear by comforting the animal with a pitiful voice! Rather give your friend an encouraging clap and try to behave naturally. A good bone, the favorite toy or comfort spot can be what’s needed! Give the cat an opportunity to hide if it makes it feel safer!
  • Do not under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES take your dog to the place where fireworks are ignited! This place is not a suitable environment for animals!
  • If you know that your dog or cat reacts forcefully on fireworks, you can ask your veterinarian to write a prescription on a tranquilizing and relaxing remedy. It is important that you start the medication in good time before New Year’s Eve (start already in the Christmas weekend). This so you can find the right amount and discover side effects etc. Medication should have a relaxing and soothing effect on the animal – the animal should react slower, but eat and drink as usual..


Your dog must tend to his needs on New Year’s Eve as on any other day. It is therefore important that you walk the dog as early as possible, before the animal becomes exited and stressed. An already stressed animal may need considerably higher doses of tranquilizers than normally to calm down, which may result in unwanted consequences. Please consider that an animal which has been given medication may lose its normal behavior! If someone surprises your dog or cat, it may in bite in pure reflex to protect itself. Please take this into consideration when exposing the animal to human beings in a “party mood”, especially children.

NEVER GIVE YOUR PET MEDICATION BEFORE CONSULTING A VETRINARIAN!!

Please be aware that different animals can react in a different manner to the same drug and that the necessary dosage may differ considerably. Be warned that some drugs intended for humans can be lethal for animals.

Finally a message for you who are responsible for the fireworks:

SHOW THE GREATEST PRECAUTION, BE CONSIDERATE, RESPECT OTHERS, THEN WE ALL CAN ENJOY A HAPPY NEW YEAR!