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Keeping your pet safe on Bonfire Night


Keeping your Pet Safe During the Fireworks

Fireworks can be frightening for animals but there are things you can do to help put your pet at ease.


Small pets

• Bring their hutches/cages indoors – into a quiet room, unused garage or shed

• If you can’t bring your pets inside, turn their enclosure around so it faces a wall or fence instead of the open garden to muffle the sound

• Give them extra bedding to burrow into so they feel safe

• Cover any aviaries/hutches with thick blankets or a duvet to block out the sound of the bangs and the sight of the fireworks, but make sure there is enough ventilation




Dogs and Cats

• Always keep dogs and cats inside when fireworks are being let off

• Make sure your dog is walked earlier in the day before the fireworks start, and keep them on a lead in case they get spooked

• Close all windows and doors and block off catflaps to stop pets from escaping

• Draw the curtains

• If your pets are used to the sound of the TV or radio switch them on to block out some of the noise from outside – but make sure it’s not too loud

• Make sure your pet is wearing some form of easily readable identification so they can be quickly reunited with you if they do go missing.

By law your dog should wear an ID tag with your contact information in a public place.

• Make sure your pet is microchipped and your details are up to date

• Prepare a den for your pet where they can feel safe – perhaps under a bed with some of your old clothes. They may want to hide when the fireworks start.

• Let them pace around, whine, miaow and hide in a corner if they want to. Don’t try to coax them out or cuddle/comfort them.

• If pets think you’re worried too this can make them feel even worse so stay relaxed, act normally and praise calm behaviour

• Try not to leave your pet alone and if you do have to go out, don’t be angry if you find they’ve been destructive when you get back

• Don’t tie your dog up outside, leave them in the garden or in your car during the fireworks

• Never take your dog with you to a fireworks display




Horses and Ponies

• Try to make sure fireworks aren’t set off near your horse’s field or stable – tell neighbours and local fireworks display organisers that there are horses nearby

• Keep your horse in a familiar environment and a normal routine with companions to make them feel secure. If they’re normally out in the field, keep them there as long as it’s safe, secure and not near the fireworks display area.

• If you know your horse reacts badly to loud noises, it might be worth speaking to your vet or considering moving them for a night

•Try to stay calm and positive as horses can sense your unease

• Don’t try to get in the way if your horse gets frightened as you may get hurt

• If you need to leave your horse in the care of someone else during fireworks season make sure you leave contact details for yourself and your vet


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ArticleSubmitted to The Good Vet and Pet Guide by The Blie Cross