Whilst Bonfire Night can be a great, fun family occasion, pet owners need to keep their pets away from the firework noise and bright lights.
Whether a child or adult, many love the fun of Bonfire Night, awesome rockets or delicate sparklers, with a hot dog or two, it’s fun and games all round.
But it’s a very different story for our pets, particularly dogs, who can get frightened and even disorientated with the loud noises and flashing, bright lights.
Pete Bishenden, spokesperson for Churchill Pet Insurance, says: “Keep your pet away from any danger and settle them in an area of the home where they feel safe and secure to decrease the risk of any anxiety when the fireworks get going.”
So how can you keep pets safe this Bonfire Night? Here are some tops tips
- Don’t take your dog to a firework display
- Keep your pets indoors when fireworks are being set off and close all windows and doors. Draw curtains and turn on the radio or TV to block out at much of the noise as possible
- Try not to walk your dog whilst fireworks are on, if you have to keep it on leash at all times. Ideally though walk your dog earlier in the day or even after the displays have finished
- Always make sure your pet is wearing its ID tag or is micro chipped just in case it runs away
- Provide a safe place/ comfortable den for your pet if they become fearful or stressed. Don’t shout at them if they appear frightened, or you may increase their stress levels
- Pick up all firework debris after they have cooled down and dispose of them safely as they can harm animals
- Take out pet insurance so that you’re covered just in case your pet suffers an injury or hearing problems as a result of the fireworks
MoneyHighStreet comments: “Clearly you do need to take a little time to plan the safety and comfort of your pet on Bonfire Night.
“As part of this, Pet insurance is well worth considering in case your dog or other pet gets injured or lost. Check the cover on offer and what level of cover is included for vets fees and third party liability.
If you are having a Bonfire Night, above all be safe – watch any children carefully, make sure fireworks are set off at a safe distance from people and keep pets inside.
You can get more information on Bonfire Night safety on the Government website.