How to keep your pets safe and happy during fireworks!
- Make sure your dog or cat always has somewhere to hide if they want to and has access to this place at all times. For example, this may be under some furniture or cupboard.
- Make sure your cat or dog is always kept in a safe and secure environment and can’t escape if there’s a sudden noise.
- During firework season, walk your dog during daylight hours and keep your cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off.
- At nightfall, close windows and curtains and put on music to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks.
- Never punish your pets or give them to much attention if they are being vocal.
- Talk to us today about calming medications.
Don’t forget small animals.
- If your pets live outside, partly cover cages, pens and aviaries with blankets so that one area is well sound-proofed. Make sure that your pets are still able to look out.
- Provide lots of extra bedding so your pets have something to bury in.
- Consider bringing them indoors. This should be done gradually so it is best to plan ahead.
- If you are using fireworks please use lower-noise fireworks, as they will reduce the likely stress caused to animals.
- Fireworks must not be set off near livestock and horses in fields. Make sure you give pet and farm owners in the neighbourhood advance warning of any fireworks display you are planning.
- Firework debris and litter can harm animals so pick it all up after it has cooled down and dispose of it safely and responsibly.
- Bonfires can be fatal for wild animals such as hedgehogs because a pile of leaves or wood is an attractive nesting place. Build a bonfire as near as possible to the time of lighting and disturb the bonfire – preferably by moving it, before lighting – checking carefully for animals hiding inside.