Advice on Helping to Protect Your Pets on Bonfire Night

The firework season is upon us. Consideration should be given to how to protect our pets as best as possible.

The firework season is upon us, and although it's often fun for us, it’s not so fun for our pets.  Our pets can get very scared of the loud bangs and flashes that come with fireworks.

As well as cats and dogs, small pets including ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs and birds can easily be frightened by the fireworks.  Consideration should be given on how to protect them as best as possible.

The Blue Cross for Pets recommends that:

  • Outdoor hutches, cages or enclosures be brought in where possible, or taken into a garage or shed. If this is not possible, then turn the enclosure around so that it faces a wall or fence, and partly cover with a thick blanket or duvet.  This will help to deaden the sound.  Remember to ensure that good ventilation is maintained.
  • Supply your pet with lots of bedding , for him to burrow into. For aviaries, again, try to partly cover the aviary with a thick blanket or duvet, to muffle the sound, ensuring adequate ventilation is maintained
  • If your pet is indoors, keep the doors and windows closed, and close the curtains.  This will help to deaden the sound, and reduce the chance of your pet escaping if suddenly frightened.
  • Playing the television, or radio loudly , can help to block out the sound of the fireworks.  A familiar sound for your pet, may help to reduce their distress.

What time should I expect the fireworks to finish?

Fireworks and the law - the Gov.UK website states that:

  • Fireworks should not be set off between 11pm and 7am.

Exceptions are:

Disclaimer: Should you follow any advice given on the ExoticDirect Petpage, you do so at your own risk.  the ExoticDirect pet page is not a substitute for professional advice. If you require professional advice, please consult your veterinary surgeon.