Pets and fireworks
As a responsible fireworks retailer ‘Manchester & Tameside Discount fireworks‘ think it is important that there is enough information and advice readily available, for pet owners at high firework periods throughout the year. Fireworks are exciting & fun when used properly and responsibly. Pets are naturally a part of our family, and it is important we use the necessary precautions when enjoying fireworks around our pets.
Why are pets scared of fireworks?
Many animals tend to find fireworks abit scary around bonfire night . An estimated 45 percent of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. It doesn’t have to be that way though, so don’t ignore the problem.
There are lots of simple things you can do to help your pet deal with fireworks. Prepare in advance before fireworks start and your pet will be better able to cope with the noises.
- Download the RSPCA leaflet Fireworks frighten animals – Help them feel safe (PDF 608KB)
Help us make fireworks less frightening for animals
How to calm dogs during fireworks
- Walk them during daylight hours to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off
- Close windows and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks
- Put on some music or tv to mask the firework sounds
- Create a quiet space where your dog can feel in control
- Create some hiding places around your home
Sound Therapy 4 Pets is a therapy pack available to teach your dogs to be less scared of loud noises.
Build a dog safe den
Watch some tips on keeping your pets safe and happy this fireworks season in a short three minute video made by the RSCPA. The video even includes how to build a ‘Doggy Safe Den’ !
- Provide hiding places in your home
- Cats can become more stressed if they’re outside during fireworks
- Microchip your cats in case they’re startled and escape outside
- Partly cover outside cages and pens with blankets so an area is soundproofed and hidden, but allow another area for the animals to look out
- Provide bedding small animals can burrow in
- Consider bringing them indoors – this will need to be done gradually so plan ahead
Keeping horses safe during fireworks
It’s not just animals in the home that can be scared of fireworks – horses can be too.
- Check locally to see if there are going to be any firework displays in your area
- Where possible – tell the organisers of firework displays that horses are nearby and ask them to set off their fireworks in the opposite direction
- For top tips on keeping your horse safe and secure during the firework season – please follow the advice from the British Horse Society
Take necessary steps and precautions this bonfire night and you and your family can enjoy fireworks without worrying too much about your furry members of the family.
Why not also check out our low noise, Child and pet friendly fireworks online here.
Firework safety isn’t just important for animals. Please always use fireworks responsibly and always follow the FIREWORKS SAFETY CODE.
Stay Safe this bonfire night whatever you do.