Keep pets fireworks safe
November 5 is often the scariest day of the year for pets, who can become distressed when they hear fireworks on Guy Fawkes night.
Most humans enjoy the celebrations but many pets are traumatised by fireworks, says SPCA CEO Andrea Midgen. Each year SPCA receives dozens of calls including animal injuries, frightened animals, missing pets, and occasionally abuse of animals.
“Many animals have acute hearing so loud bangs can really scare them. Fireworks can be terrifying to pets who become highly stressed by them,” Andrea says. “Unfortunately, Guy Fawkes can lead to animals running away and going missing, injuring themselves or becoming susceptible to traffic accidents. We urge pet owners to keep their pets inside and safe on Guy Fawkes night.”
Pets can be kept safe and happywith a bit of forward planning, Andrea says.
“Having a strategy for your animals during the Guy Fawkes period will help them tremendously. Making sure your pet has company, is kept inside, and has proper identification are just a few easy ways to ensure the safety and happiness of your pet.”
SPCA does not support the private sale and use of fireworks and has long called for a ban on the sale of fireworks to the public. SPCA advises those planning to set off fireworks in their backyards to speak to their neighbours, or leave a note in their letterbox, so people with pets can prepare accordingly.
She also encourages people to attend local public fireworks displays rather than using fireworks at home.
Because fireworks are on sale to the public, this means that there is no ‘set’ day for fireworks and pet owners must remain vigilant and particularly watchful over their pets during this period, not just on Monday November 5.
SPCA’s Top Tips for Animals and Guy Fawkes:
Never let fireworks off close to animals.
Stay homewith your pet— they will be less stressed with someone they trust close by.
Keep them indoors— they won’t see the flashes and the bangs will be muffled. Close doors and windows and draw the curtains. Turn up the volume on your radio or TV to help drown out loud bangs with familiar sounds.
Keep inmind that for some animals, fireworks can be a real phobia and should be treated with medication. Speak to your vet for options before the fireworks start.