So, here are some top tips on how to keep pets safe and calm tonight on 5 November.
How to keep pets safe on Guy Fawkes Night‘Unfortunately animals don’t enjoy bonfire night as much as we do, and the loud noises can often scare and startle them. Bring them inside and shut all windows and doors,’ advises Swinton Insurance.
‘It’s also recommended to close the curtains and turn the television up so that they are distracted from the noise.’The RSPCA recommend that dog walkers also take their pets out during daylight hours to avoid being out of the house at the same time as a firework display might begin.
It is also recommended that pet owners create dens and hiding places throughout their home that their pets, whether that be dogs or cats, can take shelter in and feel safe within throughout the evening, should fireworks be heard from inside your home.
Breathe easy. In addition to sweating through their paw pads, dogs pant to cool themselves off. A panting dog can take 300-400 breaths (compared to his regular 30-40) with very little effort.
Cats should ideally be brought inside the house for the duration of the evening and for small animals that live outside in cages or pens, the RSPCA advises partly covering an area with a blanket so it is soundproofed and hidden for pets to go and hide and burrow inside.Horses should be kept in a familiar environment, following their normal routine with their usual companions but horse owners should follow the advice from the British Horse Society when it comes to keeping their animals safe on Fireworks Night.
Importantly, the RSPCA also highlights that you should: ‘Never punish your pets when they are scared as this will only make things worse in the long run.’