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Although some pets are not bothered by fireworks many are scared and stressed by them. It used to be that fireworks were only a problem on bonfire night but now they are being let off all year round and they are much bigger, brighter and louder.

Vets and animal charities have an increasing number of animals treated with stress caused by fireworks.

With dogs and cats the advice is basically the same.

Always keep dogs and cats inside when fireworks are being let off.  If you think they are being let off, walk dogs earlier before they start.  Close doors and windows and lock pet flaps to keep pets inside.  It's a good idea to have the tv or radio on to mask some of the noise but not too loud.

Just incase your pet is scared and escapes, make sure they have their collar on.

Let your pet have a place where they feel safe and comfortable.  Do not tie them up or leave outside.

Let your pet pace around, whine, miaow and hide in a corner if they want to. Do not try to coax them out , they feel safe leave them alone.

Stay calm, act normally and give lots of praise for calm behaviour. It’s OK to cuddle and stroke your pet if it helps them relax, but if they prefer to hide under your bed, then let them do this instead.

Avoid leaving your pet alone during such potentially upsetting events. If you do have to leave the house, don’t get angry with your pet if you find they have been destructive or toileted after being left on its own. Shouting at a frightened pet will only make them more stressed.

Never take your dog to a fireworks display. Even if they doesn’t bark or whimper at the noise, it doesn’t mean they are happy.

Excessive panting and yawning can indicate that your dog is stressed.

Finally, check your garden for used fireworks as these can harm dogs if the chew on them.

For more information on fireworks and pets see the Blue Cross website. We have put a link on the student download area.