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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.

Many pets are nervous or frightened of loud noises, fireworks in particular.  There are steps that you can take to try to keep your pet as calm as possible.  Fireworks used to be a problem for pet owners once or twice a year, now you can never be sure when someone around you is likely to be using them.

If you know fireworks are likely make sure you keep your cat or dog inside,  make sure dogs are exercised before they start. Keep doors and windows closed and lock pet flaps to make sure they stay inside.  Playing music or having the TV or radio on can help to mask some of the noise but don't put them on too loud.

If your pet is scared of fireworks and could try to escape, make sure they are wearing their collar.

If you pet finds somewhere they feel secure let them stay there, they may pace, whine or mew, stay calm act normally and praise them if they calm down.  It is OK to cuddle or stroke our pet if it helps them to relax but if they prefer to hide under a bed, let them.

Avoid leaving your pet alone when fireworks are likely, if fireworks are set off and you are out, don't be angry with your pet if it has been destructive or toileted after being left alone. Shouting or being cross will only make them more stressed.

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

After fireworks make sure that no spent rockets or items are in your garden, they can be harmful to your pet.

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