Bonfire Night can be a scary time for your pets, all those loud noises and lots of people moving around everywhere, not to mention all the litter that can be left around in parks. Here are some handy tips to help your pet get through the weekend, and the aftermath, with as little fuss as possible.
- Keep cats indoors if you can
- Avoid walking dogs when fireworks are being set off
- Make dens or safe spaces in your house for pets
- If you know your pet will be scared try to stay at home with them for reassurance
- Try to act normally around your pet when they react to the noises; paying them too much attention, or none at all, can often reinforce the anxiety they are feeling
- Check for wildlife before lighting bonfires; bonfires provide a safe and warm haven from the cold weather for some animals like hedgehogs
- Put used sparklers in rubbish bins/buckets once safely extinguished
- If you’re lucky enough to have toffee apples make sure the sticks go in appropriate bins, dogs love a sticky toffee stick but they don’t love dogs
- Check your pet’s microchip details are up to date just in case they do escape
Call your local branch for help and advice at any time.