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Fireworks: Fun or Frightening?

Oct 29, 2014

Lots of people love fireworks, but for others they can be a cause of stress because they know just how their pet is going to react. National RSPCA regularly receive calls about fireworks and it's estimated that around 45% of dogs in the UK show fear in response to fireworks. 

How can I help my pet during firework season?

There are ways that you can help to reduce the stress your animals feel and this infographic from National RSPCA is great at explaining this:

Advice for pet owners during the fireworks season Infographic - RSPCA

I'm holding a firework display, do you have any advice?

If your firework display includes a bonfire, ALWAYS check the bonfire for animals before lighting it, and build the bonfire as close to the time of lighting as possible. Bonfires make a cosy spot for wildlife such as hedgehogs to settle down so make sure you check them first! If you find any hibernating hedgehogs, gently move them to a sheltered area.

Avoid setting off fireworks close to animals, such as near farms. Remember, fireworks can be very stressful to animals so try to reduce that stress as much as possible.

For further information have a look here.


Leanne Manchester

Communications & Volunteer Manager

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