Fireworks and Animals

Fireworks are fun for us but they can be incredibly scary and stressful for animals. As we head towards Guy Fawkes night fireworks are already being let off every evening. SAFE supports the proposed ban on the personal sale of fireworks which is being discussed in parliament on the 5th November. It will mean fireworks are much better controlled and will cause far less stress to animals, particularly those animals often not considered like farm animals and wildlife. Read more and vote in the poll.

Here are some tips for keeping your animal friends safe:

  • If possible, stay home – they’ll be less stressed with company.
  • Walk dogs before the fireworks start – this will help tire them out and hopefully put them to sleep.
  • ALWAYS keep dogs and cats inside when fireworks are being let off.
  • Close all windows and doors, and block off cat flaps to stop pets escaping and to keep noise to a minimum.
  • Draw the curtains, and if the animals are used to the sounds of TV or radio, switch them on.
  • If dogs starts to look stressed remain calm yourself remembering that as "pack leader" your dog looks for guidance from you.
  • Hutches and enclosures should be brought into a quiet room indoors, or into a garage or shed.

[Tips from VetEnt]

3 November 2014.