Looking after pets on Bonfire Night

PUBLISHED: 3rd Nov 2022

Children and Adults love fireworks, but unfortunately our pets don’t.  According to the RSPCA, it is estimated that 45% of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. Dogs ears are extremely sensitive when they hear loud bangs and whistles and some dogs may experience physical pain in their ears from the noise. Here are some tips on how to look after your pets on Bonfire night.

Keep all pets indoors and shut any windows and doors so they can’t run off if they do get frightened. If they do venture out into the garden, make sure it is secure just in case your dog decides to bolt if it is frightened, but don’t force them outside if they don’t want to venture beyond the house. Have your pets wear a tag in case they escape and ensure their microchip info is up to date.

Ensure that blinds and curtains are closed so that they can’t see the flashing lights of the fireworks and make sure that you have already walked your dog in daylight hours

Build pets a cosy den some days in advance in an area that they feel safe in, with lots of toys and blankets– this could mean an extra blanket on their bed. Ensure your pet has free rein of the house so that they don’t hurt themselves in a panic trying to escape. Give them extra cuddles and strokes to comfort them and keep them calm.

Ensure that their water bowl is topped up – anxious pets can get very thirsty

Turn up the TV or Music so they are distracted by familiar sounds – Classic FM has calming, classical  music for pets on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November from 5-9pm.

If you have pets that live outdoors, move them into their hutches and soundproof their cages.

We hope you enjoy the fireworks and bonfire night and that your pets are safe indoors and enjoy a peaceful night

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