Take Care of your pets on Bonfire Night
30th October 2013
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Fireworks are great to look at but for our furry friends it can be a pretty scary night.
If you know that there is going to be a fireworks display in your area take care of your pet on that night.

Dog Lovers...

Planning ahead will help your dog cope with the bangs.
Provide them with a "safe haven" somewhere quiet in the house where they can go to.
It should be a place where the animal feels it is in control, so don't interfere with it when it's in that area.
Leave lots of treats and toys in there so that it feels like a fun place for them to go to instead of being scared.

When the fireworks start...

Close any windows and curtains so there aren't any flashing lights. (Especially in the doggy haven)
Each evening before the fireworks begin, move your dog to the play area
Ignore the firework noises yourself. Play with a toy to see if your dog wants to join in, but don’t force them to play.
If you know a dog that isn't scared by noises and which gets on well with your dog, then keeping the two together during the evenings may help your dog to realise that there’s no need to be afraid.

Cat lovers..

If you know your cat is afraid of fireworks, try to keep them inside before it gets dark.
Make sure your cat has somewhere to hide if it wants to. For example this may be under some furniture or in a quiet corner.
Don’t try and tempt your cat out as this will cause it to become more stressed.

Don’t forget small animals

If your pets live outside, partly cover cages, pens and aviaries with blankets so that one area is well sound-proofed. Make sure that your pet is still able to look out.
Provide lots of extra bedding so your pet has something to burrow in.

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