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How to keep your pets safe this Bonfire Night

Published: Tuesday, 2 November, 2021

As Bonfire Night approaches, pet owners are encouraged to take precautions to keep their animals safe.

It is estimated that 45% of dogs show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. This figure can be higher among dogs that were raised during the pandemic as it is a sound they are not familiar with and can cause increased suffering.

Here are a few tips from our Animal Welfare Service on how you can keep pets safe and less frightened during fireworks:

  • Keep your pets secured inside your home and if possible bring inside any pets in outdoor cages such as rabbits or guinea pigs
  • Provide a safe comfortable space just for them
  • Put on some music or TV to mask the sound of the fireworks
  • Try to walk your dog during daylight to avoid times where fireworks are likely to be set off
  • Ensure their ID and microchip details are up to date in case of escape
  • Close windows and curtains so that they can’t see any flashing lights
  • If possible, avoid the celebration yourself and stay at home to comfort your pets
  • Keep them occupied by giving them toys or food to distract them
  • Let your neighbours know in advance if you are planning to set off fireworks, so they can make arrangements for their pet

Councillor Chloe Turner, Chair of SDC’s Environment Committee said:

“It is important that pet owners follow these simple tips to help their pets feel more relaxed and safe during Bonfire Night, especially those who took on a pet during the pandemic. It is also a good idea to ensure your house and garden is secure just in case they try to escape.”

For more information on how to calm your pets this Bonfire Night, please visit: https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/general/fireworks

The Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service also has some tips to ensure you stay safe too. These can be found at https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/glosfire/your-safety/safety-outdoors/firework-and-bonfire-safety/.

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