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.

For many, the spectacle of fireworks illuminating the sky is a source of joy and celebration. However, for our furry friends, these sudden, loud noises and bright flashes can be terrifying. As pet owners, it’s our responsibility to ensure the safety and comfort of our pets during such events.
In this guide, we provide comprehensive firework advice for pet owners, ensuring your companions remain calm and content, even amidst the most vibrant of firework displays.



Dogs often display the most noticeable reactions to fireworks. They may tremble, whimper, or try to hide. Some dogs may also show signs of aggression due to fear.


Cats may become extra skittish during firework displays. They might hide under furniture or attempt to escape the noise. It’s essential to ensure that all windows, doors, and cat flaps are closed to prevent them from running away.

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 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.

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Firework Advice For Pet Owners
Small Animals & Birds

Smaller animals, like rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds, are also affected by fireworks. They may show signs of stress or fear, such as increased agitation or reduced activity.

You may want to bring your pet in from outside; try and do this gradually so they can get used 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.

Firework Displays – Firework Advice For Pet Owners

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 For Pet Owners

Check out these useful poster from the RSPCA on how to help your pets happy when the fireworks start.

You can also download the RSPCA: Fireworks frighten animals – Help them feel safe (PDF 627KB)

Advice for pet owners during the fireworks season Infographic ¿ RSPCA

Advice for pet owners during fireworks season ¿ An infographic created by the RSPCA

Advice for pet owners during the fireworks season Infographic – RSPCA

Make your fireworks night animal safe – An infographic created by the RSPCA

Preventing Firework-Related Anxiety

The best firework advice for pet owners is to be proactive. Begin preparations well before the fireworks event, helping your pet to become accustomed to the noise. You can do this by playing recordings of firework noises at a low volume, gradually increasing the sound over time.

Also, ensure your pet is well-exercised before the event. A tired pet is typically a calm pet. However, be sure to complete walks or play sessions several hours before the fireworks start to avoid being outside during the display.

Creating a Safe Space

Create a designated safe space for your pet in your home. This could be a quiet room or a corner filled with their favourite toys, bedding, and food and water bowls. It’s important not to confine them to this space but to allow them to choose their preferred hiding spot.

Calming Techniques and Products

There are numerous products available designed to calm anxious pets. Pheromone diffusers or sprays can help soothe stress. Compression shirts for dogs and cats can provide a comforting pressure similar to swaddling. Calming treats and supplements can also help, but always consult with your vet before starting any new supplement regime.

Medications and Supplements

In severe cases, your vet may recommend specific medications to help manage your pet’s anxiety. These are typically fast-acting and can help your pet stay calm during the fireworks display.

Preparing for the Firework Event

As the event approaches, ensure all windows, curtains, and blinds are closed to muffle the noise and block out the bright flashes. You can also turn on a radio or TV to provide a familiar background noise.

Ensure your pet is microchipped and that the details are up-to-date. This can be crucial if your pet manages to escape.

During the fireworks display

Stay with your pet during the fireworks display, providing comfort and reassurance. Speak to them in a calming tone and give them plenty of attention. However, try not to coddle them excessively, as this can reinforce their fearful behaviour.

Post-Firework Care

After the display, check your garden for any firework debris before letting your pet outside. Fireworks can contain harmful chemicals that could be dangerous if your pet tries to eat them.

Considering Alternatives to Fireworks

One of the most effective pieces of fireworks advice for pet owners is to consider alternatives to traditional fireworks. Silent or quiet fireworks, laser shows, or even drone displays can provide a visual spectacle without the loud noises. Not only will this be kinder to your pets, but it can also be less disruptive to local wildlife.

Remember, your pet relies on you for their comfort and safety. By following these tips, you can ensure they remain calm and content, no matter how bright the fireworks may shine.