Fireworks and animal safety
Read about some practical ways in which you can keep your pets safe around fireworks.
Safety tips for dogs
- Fit your dog with a collar and a tag that has your contact details on it.
Microchip your dog and update the details on the chip if necessary.
- Walk your dog during daylight hours only. If you have to walk your pet when it's dark, make sure they are wearing a collar or harness and keep a firm grip on the lead.
- Do not let the dog out, even into the garden when fireworks are going off. If this is not possible and your dog is particularly nervous, put it on a lead in the garden too. A scared dog can clear a seven foot fence.
- Close the curtains and put music on to muffle the sound of fireworks.
- If your dog is particularly fearful, see your vet about using Adaptil or a Thundershirt.
Safety tips for cats
- Keep cats indoors whilst fireworks are going off and provide a litter tray indoors for them.
- Make sure you cat has somewhere to hide if it wants to - for example under a bed or on top of a wardrobe.
- If your cat is particularly nervous or fearful speak to your vet about using Feliway.
Safety tips for small animals
- Partly cover pens, hutches and aviaries to ensure one area is well sound-proofed.
- Ensure your animal has plenty of bedding to hide in.
- Check bonfires for hedgehogs and other small mammals before lighting.
Avoid using sky lanterns as they can cause severe injury and death to wildlife.
Published on: 15/06/2022