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How to keep your pets calm on Bonfire Night

Around 45% of dogs in the UK show signs of anxiety when they hear fireworks Photo: ITV Border

Charities are warning pet owners to take special care over the weekend ahead of Bonfire Night.

This comes as animal sanctuaries say they're already expecting a flood of phone calls from people searching for lost pets.

Fireworks can cause many animals distress causing them to hurt themselves, destroy property or even run away.

Around 45% of dogs in the UK show signs of anxiety when they hear fireworks, but there are simple steps that can be taken to help pets cope better with the loud noises.

The RSPCA gives the following advice:

  • Make sure your dog or cat has somewhere to hide - perhaps under some furniture or in a cupboard - and can get to it at any time.
  • Ensure your pet is kept in a safe and secure environment and can’t escape.
  • Make sure your pets are microchipped in case they do escape.
  • During fireworks season, walk dogs during daylight and keep pets indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off.
  • At nightfall, close windows and curtains and put on music to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks.

Don’t forget small animals:

  • If your pets live outside, partly cover cages, pens and aviaries with blankets so that one area is well sound-proofed.
  • Make sure that your pets are still able to look out.
  • Provide lots of extra bedding so your pets have something to burrow in.
  • Consider bringing them indoors. This should be done gradually, so you will need to plan ahead.

If you see an animal you have concerns about please call the RSPCA's emergency line on 0300 1234 999.

For more information on making animals feel safe please visit https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/general/fireworks