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Helping animals to stay safe during firework season

By MWI Animal Health

Firework season can be a time of celebration and excitement for many people in the United Kingdom. However, it's important to remember that our furry friends may not share the same enthusiasm for loud noises and bright lights.

Fireworks can cause distress and anxiety in animals, leading to potential injuries or escape attempts. See below to explore some practical tips on how you can help animals stay safe during firework season in the UK.

1. Create a Safe Space:

One way to help animals cope with fireworks is by providing them with a safe space within your home. Create a quiet room where they can retreat to when fireworks are going off. Make sure the room is secure, comfortable, and familiar to them. Close windows and curtains to reduce noise and block out flashes of light. Play calming music or white noise in the background to help muffle the sound of fireworks.

2. Keep Pets Indoors:

During firework displays, it's crucial to keep pets indoors. This applies not only to cats and dogs but also smaller pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds. Ensure all doors, windows, and pet enclosures are securely closed to prevent any escape attempts caused by fear or panic.

3. Provide Distractions:

Engaging your pets with fun activities or toys can be an effective way to divert their attention from the outside noise and lights. Treat-dispensing toys or interactive puzzles can keep their minds occupied during this stressful time.

4. Use Calming Products:

Consider using natural calming products designed specifically for pets, such as pheromone diffusers or sprays. These products can help create a sense of security for your animals during firework displays.

5. Microchip Your Pets:

In case of an accidental escape during firework displays, ensure all pets are microchipped with up-to-date contact information registered on databases. This will increase the chances of reuniting lost pets with their owners quickly.

7. Spread Awareness:

Help raise awareness about animal safety during firework season by sharing these tips with friends, family members, neighbours, and local community groups through social media platforms or community noticeboards.

As responsible pet owners and animal lovers, it is our duty to ensure the safety and well-being of our furry companions during firework season in the UK. By following these simple yet effective tips mentioned above - creating a safe space indoors, keeping pets occupied with distractions, using calming products if necessary - we can minimise stress levels for our beloved animals while still enjoying the festivities ourselves.

Remember: a little extra care goes a long way towards protecting our furry friends from unnecessary distress during this time.