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Happy dog and cat in animated living room with blinds down and fireworks outside

Specialist blinds could help reduce stress for anxious pets during firework displays

Samantha Gibson by Samantha Gibson

Celebrations such as Bonfire Night and New Years’ Eve usually mean an elaborate and exciting fireworks display, which can be stressful for our four-legged friends.

Both dogs and cats have hearing that is much more sensitive than ours, so the loud, unexpected explosions can be terrifying and even painful, causing anxiety and upset.

Agitated cat and dog in animated living room while fireworks are going off outside

In fact, the RSPCA report that an estimated 45% of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks.

In order to combat this, in-home experts Hillarys are investigating the possibility of creating specialist window blinds that can help block out some of the light and noise created by firework displays.

Happy dog and cat in animated living room with blinds down and fireworks outside

Taking inspiration from soundproofing or sound blocking screens used in industrial settings, the blinds would be constructed of three layers: fibreglass quilting for sound absorption, mass loaded vinyl for sound and light blocking and standard fabric, which would be printed with a stylish design.

The combination of these materials would help eliminate most of the sound and light created by firework displays, lessening any distress for our furry companions.

Firework blind anatomy. The layers are: Design layer, Soundproofing, sound and light blocking layer

Tara Hall, spokesperson for Hillarys said: “It can be difficult for us to see our pets upset, so this blind would be a great idea to help bring them some relief.”