Happy Bonfire Night: How to keep pets safe on Guy Fawkes Night

Dog on the background of the night sky with fireworks.
Bonfire Night can be a terrifying time for pets. (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Fireworks displays tonight for Bonfire night might be good fun for humans, but for pets Guy Fawkes Night can be a highly stressful time. The RSPCA estimate that, in the UK, as many as 45 percent of dogs show signs of fear when they hear fireworks and other pets such as cats , small animals and horses can also be spooked and affected by the sounds of Bonfire Night celebrations.

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.

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: There are 49 domesticated rabbit breeds recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association.

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.’