Fireworks are known to cause anxiety in animals. There are many things we can do to help our pets.
Planning ahead will help keep your pets calm and reduce stress.
Cats & Dogs
Create a place where your pet will feel safe. Try to create several safe hiding places around your home for your pet to choose from.
Closing windows and curtains and having music or the tv on will mask the noise and lights from fireworks.
Check that your details are update on your pets microchip and collar, just in case they do get frightened and get out.
Take your pet outside during the day to avoid them being outside when fireworks are more likely to happen.
You may also wish to use calming products which are available to help your pets when they’re feeling stressed.
There are different types of calming products available, you can call our team to help you choose the right one for your pet.
You may want to bring your pet in from outside, try and do this gradually so they can get use to the change in environment.
If you are leaving your pet outside you can:
Cover part of the enclosure, you can use blankets to muffle the sounds and create a dark area.
Provide plenty of extra bedding so pets can they hide if they want to.
Leave outside lighting on to prevent them being startled by flashes from fireworks.
Leave a small area for pets to look out.
We would always recommend going to a professionally organised fireworks display.
If you are organising your own display try and organise it on dates that pet owners would expect fireworks, such as Bonfire Night & New Years Eve, as pet owners should be prepared for their pets around these dates.
To help animals, try and use low level noise fireworks, these are less likely to scare animals.
Contact neighbours and local animal owners including farmers ahead of your display so they can prepare their animals. Fireworks should not be let off near fields with horses or other animals in.
Remember to clear up after, firework debris can be dangerous to animals make sure you pick it up as soon as possible after it has cooled.
Check your bonfire before lighting for animals. Hedgehogs especially like to hide in leaves this time of year.
Try to make your bonfire as close to the time of event as possible, disturb or move the bonfire to check for animals before lighting.
RSPCA Firework Advice
Check out these useful poster from the RSPCA on how to help your pets happy when the fireworks start.