Pet firework safety checklist: keep your animal safe on Bonfire Night
While Bonfire Night can be a source of excitement for most of the family, it can be a nightmare for your cats, dogs and other pets.
With November 5th falling on a Wednesday this year, it is a particularly tough one for pet owners – with the firework displays spread over the whole week and into the following weekend, there’s no let up.
Here’s some advice courtesy of our friends at Blue Cross to ensure a calm and stress free week of fireworks fun…
- Firstly, make sure your dog is walked early in the day before the festivities begin. Take them out in the daylight if possible because, as soon as it goes dark, the fireworks are sure to begin
- When the fireworks are underway, keep cats and dogs safe and inside, close all windows and cat flaps to prevent pets escaping
- Ensure your pet has somewhere they can hide if they become scared – a quiet corner for a dog, under a chair for a cat or under extra bedding for smaller animals are all perfect
- Consider switching on the TV or radio to block out some of the noises that may scare your pet
- Think about bringing smaller, outdoor pets (such as rabbits and guinea pigs) inside for the evening or at least cover a section of their hutch to soften the noises, making sure they can still see out
- Hard as it may be, try not to fuss over a distressed cat or dog as appearing worried will only justify their panic – let them hide or pace if they need to and praise calm behaviour
- If your pet is especially nervous you could consider asking your vet to recommend a plug-in diffuser to help them stay calm
What are your stop tips to keeping pets happy on Bonfire night? Let us know your suggestions below…