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Mark Goodier

Pet Safety

Fireworks can be scary for our animals - here's how you can help to stop them getting stressed.

Many animals find Bonfire Night scary. It is estimated that 45% of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks.

However, it doesn't have to be that way. There are lots of simple things you can do to help your pet deal with the loud bangs. 


Plan ahead. Owners should prepare accordingly to help their animals cope.

  • If you're using fireworks, use lower-noise ones as they will reduce the likely stress caused to animals.

  • Fireworks must not be set off near livestock and horses in fields. Make sure you givepet and farm animal owners in the neighbourhood advance warning of any displays you're planning.

  • Pick up all the debris left behind from your display as it can harm animals in the area.

  • Bonfires can be fatal for wild animals, such as hedgehogs. Check carefully for animals hiding inside by moving it around to disturb any nesting creatures.

Stay secure. Follow these top tips to make the celebrations less frighting.


Cats and Dogs


  • Make sure they always have somewhere to hide if they want to and has access to this place at all times.

  • Keep them in a safe and secure environment so they can't escape if there's a sudden noise.

  • Have your pets microchipped in case of a great escape.

  • Walk your dogs during daylight hours and keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are expected.

  • At nightfall, close windows and curtains. Possibly play some music to mask the sound of the fireworks.

  • Never punish your pets when they get scared, this will only make things worse for them.

  • Provide toys and other things they enjoy as a distraction.

Other Animals

  • If your pets live outside, partly cover the cages, pens and aviaries with blankets so the area is well sound-proofed. Leave some space so they can look out.

  • Provide lots of extra bedding so they have something to burrow in

  • Consider bringing them indoors. This should be done gradually so you will need to plan ahead.


Keep Calm. If you stay calm, your pet is likely to be calm so you can both enjoy the evenings celebrations.