Ensuring your pet doesn’t become distressed or worried on Bonfire night is a bit responsibility for a pet owner. This usually means keeping them indoors and away from loud firework noises and the bonfire itself. Even if your dog is usually enthusiastic about socialising in the park, it may feel threatened and bold or potentially bite someone.
Last Minute Preparations
Animals that are usually kept outdoors such as rabbits should be housed indoors in a quiet environment, and horses, which can be quickly made uneasy, should be properly stabled. Even independent pets such as cats should be brought in to avoid danger and stress. If you’re in charge of lighting the fire, always have a good look through what you’re about to burn as small animals like to explore and shelter in large piles of wood and other burnable materials. In order to avoid this altogether, consider stacking the wood and materials on the night.
Keeping Your Pet Calm
Inside the house, consider putting on some calm music or even the television, at a sensible volume. This creates a relaxing atmosphere. Animals, especially dogs, have a strong sense of how people are feeling, so you must remain calm yourself. If you cuddle your dog or make an extra fuss of him, he may get the impression that he is right to be scared, making him more distressed. If your dog or cat tries to run away and hide in the house at the sound of fireworks, let him. Holding onto the animal will most likely make it more distressed and likely to lash out.
Bonfire night brings with it plenty of risks for our animals and it underlines the importance of wellbeing and not just physical health for pet health care. Providing owners take pet health care seriously, their pets should be fine.