Pet Safety on Bonfire Night

Guy Fawkes Night is a source of great enjoyment for us humans. However, the RSPCA estimates that around 45% of dogs and cats are afraid of fireworks. This time of year is difficult for some of our pets; make the few days easier by following our bullet point guide for keeping pets happy and safe around Bonfire night.

Things to do Before Bonfire Night

  • Research and plan ahead. Find out the exact dates of local fireworks displays, so you are aware of any nights that will be particularly difficult for your pet. Bonfire night is on a Tuesday this year, so the weekends before and after November 5th are likely to be noisy too.
  • Consider food supplements. Add a little to your dog’s food at least a week before and after Bonfire night. Groomers stock M&C’s Serene-UM Calm supplement, which is a non-sedating supplement for over-stressed dogs.
  • Speak to your vet. If your pet is particularly nervous, consult your vet – they may be able to refer you to an animal behaviourist, or prescribe tranquilizers if absolutely necessary.

Things to do on Bonfire Night

  • Keep dogs on a lead. Ensure that you keep your dog on a lead throughout the fireworks period, and walk dogs in daylight when possible.
  • Make your pet a den. Provide your pet with a safe, comfortable space where they can hide if necessary, such as a cage or pen. Line this area with plenty of blankets and cushions, and use positive reinforcement techniques and treats if necessary.
  • Keep pets indoors. Lock any cat flaps or dog doors and keep pets inside from dusk onward.
  • Block out bangs. Close all doors, windows and curtains as soon as it gets dark. Put the radio or the television on to drown out any bangs.
  • Try positive reinforcement. This is particularly important with dogs. Lead by example and remain calm. You could also distract them through play – view our full range of dog toys here.

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