The Danger of Fireworks to Animals?
- The sudden and loud noise can cause significant fear and distress to many animals.
- Horses and livestock can become startled and try to get away which can result in injuries caused by fencing or other equipment around the yard.
- Debris produced by fireworks can pose a hazard to horses, livestock and wildlife.
- The chemicals can be harmful to dogs and cats.
- Careless use of fireworks can cause mutilations and fatal accidents to animals near the event.
- Fireworks can cause fires which can significantly harm animals including wildlife.
- Fireworks are also highly disturbing to birds and can cause them to abandon their nests or even whole colonies.
How to calm your dog?
Walk them during daylight hours.
- Close windows and doors.
- Play music or have the TV on to drown out the sound.
- Create a safe haven / den where your dog feels safe.
- Don’t leave them alone.
- Consider using a calming vest or plug in calming adaptor.
What about cats?
Consider keeping them inside.
- Provide plenty of hiding places in your home.
- Ensure they are microchipped in case they escape.
Don’t forget Small Animals?
- Consider bringing them indoors (but get them used to this beforehand).
- Partly cover outdoor pens/cages.
- Provide plenty of bedding for burrowing.
How about Horses and Livestock?
- Check to see if there are going to be any local firework displays.
- If possible, contact the organisers and ask them to set off the fireworks in the opposite direction.
- If possible, desensitise animals to loud noises and lights prior to firework season.
- Make sure the stable and yard are safe and tidy to reduce the risk of fires.
- Check stables/fields for any sharp objects / protruding nails in wood etc.
- Try to maintain the animal’s usual routine as much as possible.
- Be with them if you can.
- Know your horse / animal and whether they would be happier in a stable or field. This varies for individual animals and there is no evidence to suggest one is safer than the other.
And of course our precious wildlife?
- Check bonfires for any sleeping wildlife prior to lighting.
- It is recommended that you build or rebuild your bonfire the night of lighting.
- Provide wildlife such as hedgehogs with an alternative housing option eg a specific house or designated log pile.