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How to Keep Animals Safe During Firework Season

How to Keep Animals Safe During Firework Season


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.

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