10 top tips for owners and their pets on Bonfire Night

For many people across the UK, Bonfire Night is regarded as a celebration and event to remember.

However, for our animals, it can be a frightening and distressing time.

Unlike most owners, pets don’t associate loud firework noise and flashes of light with enjoyment.

In fact, most pets have very acute hearing and loud noises and whistles could frighten them and cause them to run away.

So, with this in mind, we’ve put together our 10 top tips, which are carefully designed to keep your pet free from stress and happy this Bonfire Night.

– Ensure that your pet is kept indoors. Do leave internal doors open though so that your pet doesn’t feel trapped and can move around.

– Prepare a place indoors for your pet to settle should they start to feel distressed during the bonfire or firework display.

– If you have a dog, try to take it for a walk during daylight hours to avoid them being outside if/when the fireworks start. Keep animals such as cats indoors at all times and put a litter tray down.

– Close windows and curtains and put on relaxing music to help calm your pet.

– If you are indoors during the firework display ignore the sounds as much as you possibly can so that your animal follows your example and realizes that there’s nothing to worry about. Continue to pay no attention to your pet if and when they become distressed. Through carrying on completely normally you can show your pet that the fireworks are nothing to be concerned about.

– If your pet has a selection of toys try to encourage them to play with them so that they are distracted from the noise outside.

– If your pet lives outside cover the majority of the pen/hutch/cage so that they are protected from the sound and flashes. Do however leave a small opening so that your animal can see out. If you have a small pet the hutch should be put inside your house or garage hours before the fireworks/bonfire starts.

– Does your pet have identification attached? If your pet does happen to run away then there is a greater chance that they’ll be returned to you if they have an ID tag and a microchip.

– If you are making your own bonfire safely lock your pet indoors earlier in the day. Before lighting a bonfire, check underneath to make sure that there isn’t a hedgehog or two hibernating there.

– If you are concerned about your pet at any time, call the veterinary centre you are registered with immediately for advice and further assistance.

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