Firework and Bonfire season in Ballymena is a time to enjoy – but make sure that you take care of your pets. Pets can become stressed and Grove Vets have shared this advice from the RSPCA for keeping your cat or dog calm and safe.

Photo Credit: ttarasiuk; Creative Commons

Photo Credit: ttarasiuk; Creative Commons

  • Make sure your dog or cat always has somewhere to hide if he or she wants to and has access to this place at all times. For example this could be under some furniture or in a cupboard.
  • During firework seasons, walk dogs during daylight hours and keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off.
  • Make sure all windows, doors and cat flaps are securely closed during fireworks night. This will reduce the chances of your pets escaping.
  • At nightfall close windows and curtains and put on music to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks or provide a distraction with some toys to play with.
  • If your pet shows any signs of fear try to ignore their behaviour. Leave them alone unless they are likely to harm themselves.
  • Never punish or fuss over your pet when it’s scared as this will only make things worse in the long run.
  • Make sure your cat or dog is always kept in a safe and secure environment and can’t escape if there’s a sudden noise.
  • Have your pet microchipped in case they do escape.

And for other pets and small animals

  • If your pets live outside, partly cover cages, pens and aviaries with blankets so that one area is well sound-proofed. Make sure that your pet is still able to look out.
  • Provide lots of extra bedding so your pet has something to burrow in.

Pets can get spooked by loud noises, just keep an eye on them and if possible have someone stay with them during the noisiest times. Once the fireworks are over if signs of anxiety or stress in your pet persist persist then get in touch with Grove Vets in Ballymena on 028 25656023 for help and advice.