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Tips to keep your pets calm during fireworks

The RSPCA says almost half dogs show anxiety when they hear fireworks Credit: RSPCA Cymru

Pet owners are being urged to plan ahead for fireworks night to help keep animals calm and feeling safe.

Nearly half of all dogs show signs of anxiety when they hear fireworks but RSPCA says whether it’s a dog, a cat or another little pet, planning ahead can 'pay dividends'.

45%
of dogs show anxiety when they hear fireworks

The RSPCA has published these guidelines on how to help pets feel safe:

  • 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

RSPCA animal behaviour expert Dr Samantha Gaines said:

It is a good idea to provide your dog with a safe haven. It is best to get your dog used to this before the season starts.

Choose somewhere quiet and help him to learn that being there is positive and that no harm will come to him. You can do this by giving him toys or a variety of chew toys.

Small animals that live outside should have lots of extra bedding so they can burrow and some of their enclosure could be covered by a blanket for extra insulation and sound-proofing.

– RSPCA, Dr Samantha Gaines

The RSPCA also warns that farm animals can be easily frightened by loud noises and sudden flashes of bright lights, which can startle them and cause them to injure themselves on fencing, farm equipment or in the case of housed animals, on fixtures and fittings within the house.

345
calls were made to RSPCA in October and November last year about fireworks

The charity also says wildlife can be burnt alive after making their home in bonfires.