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How to Keep your Pet Safe around Fireworks
Monday October 31st 2016
We use fireworks to celebrate all kinds of occasions, whether it’s Bonfire Night, New Year or a special event like an anniversary or birthday.
But pets can find fireworks very distressing and animal charities say they see a rise in animals going missing around at certain times of the year because of them.
It doesn’t have to be this way, as there are a number of simple steps you can take to keep your pet safe during fireworks seasons.
Make a safe space
One of the most important things you can do for cats, dogs and rabbits is set up a special place in your home where animals can feel safe.
This should be somewhere as far away from the fireworks as possible, where you can close the curtains to prevent bright lights giving your pet a fright.
You should fill the room with some of your pet’s favourite objects, whether it be their basket, special toy or treats – anything to help them feel safe and secure.
For smaller animals like rabbits, you should make sure you’ve provided them with plenty of extra bedding in their hutches, so they have somewhere to burrow.
It’s important to make sure that you stay calm during the fireworks, because your pet will only feel more anxious if they see that you are stressed out too.
One idea is to play relaxing music that will help to ease your mind and also muffle the sound of the fireworks being set off outside.
And if your pet starts to get agitated and misbehaves, it’s important not to punish them, as this will only make matters worse. Just let your pet do what it wants. If he or she wants to hide away, let them – and if they want to pace up and down around the room, don’t try to stop them.
Collars and microchips
Animal charity The Blue Cross has said it sees a rise in pets going missing around fireworks seasons as animals try to escape the noise through open windows and doors.
For this reason, it’s essential to make sure your pet is microchipped and is wearing some form of ID such as a collar with your phone number on it.
Remember: it’s the law to make sure your dog is microchipped by the time it’s eight weeks old, but even if your pooch hasn’t hit this milestone yet, it can still be a good idea to have the chip fitted when you’re planning to set off fireworks.
Bring hutches inside
When you’re taking care of rabbits around celebrations like Bonfire Night, the best thing to do is take its hutch inside and place them as far away as possible from the noise.
But if this isn’t possible, turn the hutch around so that it faces a wall or a fence and cover it with a thick blanket or duvet. Just remember to leave some space for ventilation.