Keeping Your Pets Safe During Firework Season


Whilst many people enjoy the firework season, it can be a scary experience for animals. You can reduce stress for your cats and dogs by taking some simple steps to shield them from the noise and help them to feel safe. We’ve put together 7 tips for keeping your pets safe during fireworks.

  • Plan and make a note of key dates in your local area so that you know when fireworks near to your home are likely to begin. Whilst it’s not possible to know when every neighbour is planning to set off fireworks, you can still note down any organised events and have a date in your diary for when fireworks displays tend to begin in your area. This way you can make sure that you’re there for your pet when they need you.
  • Try not to take them out during the evening once fireworks have begun and if you do have to, it’s important that you keep them close and on a lead in case they become startled.
  • It’s also a good idea to take your pets for long walks during the daytime to ensure they don’t have excess energy on an evening.
  • Closing curtains and windows can help muffle the sound. Creating additional noise with the TV or radio can also help.
  • Create a comfortable ‘safe place’ or den inside for your pet to hide if that’s how they feel safe. Whilst some pets may want to hide away, others may just want to be near to you in order to feel safe.
  • Try to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible, such as feeding times and providing their cat or dog food in their usual environment.
  • Keep doors, windows and cat/dog flaps closed to keep your pets safely indoors. It’s also advisable to get your pets micro-chipped in the event that they do escape or run away from home.

Common Signs of Stress in Cats and Dogs:

The RSPCA highlight the importance of watching out for signs of stress. Below are some of the key signs to look out for.


  • Trembling and shaking
  • Clinging to owners
  • Excessive barking
  • Cowering and hiding behind furniture
  • Trying to run away
  • Going to the toilet in the house
  • Pacing and panting
  • Off their dog food or refusing to eat
  • Destructive behaviour (chewing furniture etc.)


  • Cowering and hiding behind or on top of furniture
  • Trying to run away
  • Going to the toilet around the house, instead of outside or in their litter box
  • Off their cat food or refusing to eat

It’s important that you contact your vet for advice if you have any concerns. The PDSA also have some useful advice on looking after your pets during the fireworks season. For more handy tips and advice on keeping your pets happy and healthy please visit our blog.

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