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Top Tips: Keep Your Pets Safe this Bonfire Night

Hilary Halliwell

Bonfire Night is just around the corner. A night of fireworks and celebrations, it's fun for us, but not always for our pets.

The loud noises and bright lights can scare them. So, what can we do to help them feel safe? Here are seven easy tips to protect your pets during the fireworks.

1. Make a Safe Space: Set up a quiet spot in your home where your pet can hide away from the noise. A blanket or their favourite toy might help them feel more secure.

2. Drown Out the Noise: Try to mask the bangs and booms by closing curtains, playing calming music, or turning on the television. This can help in muting the external noises, making them less distressing for your pets.

3 Change Walk Times: Plan your dog walks earlier in the day when the likelihood of fireworks being set off is lower. This helps in reducing the chances of an unexpected fright during a walk.

4 Try Calming Products: There are special products like sprays or treats that can help calm your pet. You might want to give them a try. Do give your pets some space and try not to over fuss them. 

5 Keep Them Inside: If possible, don’t leave your pets outside where they’re directly exposed to the noises and flashes of fireworks. Keep cats and dogs indoors as much as possible, ensuring that cat flaps and doors are securely closed.

6 Stay With Them: If possible, try to be with your pets during the most intense parts of the celebrations. Your presence can be a source of comfort and reassurance, helping them feel safe amidst the unsettling noises.

Remember, Bonfire Night can be a tough time for pets. But with a little extra care, we can help them get through it.

So, follow these simple tips from the Animal Centre at South Devon College to make the celebrations easier on your furry friends.

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