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Pets and Fireworks

Rainbow Fireworks has the aim of providing entertainment to people, events, charities, celebrations and many many more.

We also recognise the need to ensure that fireworks don't impact in a negative way and animals and domestic pets are always at the forefront of our considerations during a fireworks display.

Here we provide a general guide that may help people with concerns for their pets and the distress that loud noises can cause.

Don’t take any pets with you to a fireworks display

  • Don’t leave your pets alone in the house if you think they might be distressed by the fireworks.
  • Don’t leave your pet in a car, or tied up outside.
  • Don’t punish your pets if they are scared and become destructive, this is likely to make the situation worse.

Pet Dogs

  • Walk your dog in daylight hours, avoiding the likelihood you’ll be out when fireworks are set off. Plus, a tired dog is likely to be more relaxed later on.
  • Close all windows, doors, blinds and curtains to muffle firework bangs and black out the room to remove any flashing lights.
  • Provide plenty of toys and anything else your dog enjoys.
  • Put on the radio, music or TV to play soothing sounds over the fireworks and create calming white noise.
  • Create hiding places around your own home. Your dog will then have somewhere to hide if they want to.
  • Behave as normally as possible - make sure you don’t react to any firework noise as they may pick up on your anxiety. 
  • Leave plenty of water out for your dog - they may pant when they’re stressed, so keep them hydrated. 
  • Feed your dog before the fireworks start - a heavy meal may make them sleepy.
 

How to plan ahead:

Create a doggy safe den for your pets to feel safe. Choose a quiet area or room in your house; the area needs to be somewhere your dog feels in control so it’s best not to impose yourself when your dog is in their safe haven. Fill the haven with blankets and cushions which will be great noise-absorbers. 

Train your dog to associate the haven with enjoyable, positive experiences. For example, put their favourite toys and some chews into the haven, and give them praise and treats when they go in. Make sure the area is always accessible and put the toys away when they’re not in use. 

The aim is to create such a safe, happy area, that your dog will choose to go there when fireworks are let off because they believe they won’t be harmed. 

If your pet is extremely anxious and distressed, longer term actions can be taken to prepare and help them through the fireworks season such as behavioural therapy and pheromone diffusers. 

Firework phobia is absolutely treatable so animals don't need to be distressed during every fireworks season. Consult your vet who may be able to refer you to a professional.

 

Pet Cats 

Cats have very sensitive ears so fireworks can also be traumatic for cats. Here are our top tips to keep your cat safe during fireworks:

  • Make sure there’s somewhere for your cat to hide, they tend to feel safe behind or under furniture, on top of a wardrobe or in a corner.
  • Don’t try and coax out your cat from their safe place or pick them up when they are scared. Leave them in control when they are distressed.
  • Prep ahead and get your cat microchipped/collars up to date, just in case of an unfortunate escape during fireworks season. 
 

Outdoor pets and animals

Don’t forget about your smaller animals that live outside such as rabbits and guinea pigs - they too can be distressed during loud noises.

  • Attempt to soundproof any cages and hutches as much as possible and partly cover them to minimise light flashes (but make sure there is ventilation and they can still see out so they’re not frightened even more). 
  • Put out lots of extra blankets so your smaller animals have somewhere to burrow. 
  • Consider bringing their cage or pen inside into a shed or garage. If you can’t bring it inside, turn the hutch to face a wall or fence instead of towards an open garden.

Horses and ponies

 

Horses and ponies can also be spooked and scared by fireworks, but there are measures you can take to keep them safe:

  • During fireworks season, attempt to keep their routine as normal as possible e.g. if your animal is usually kept in a field, don’t change this up (as long as it is far away from any known fireworks displays). Do check that the fencing is secure to help avoid any injuries.
  • If your horse is usually in stable, secure their hay nets so they don’t get caught in them and check their space for anything that could harm them, such as anything sticking out of the walls.
  • Contact any local display organisers and ask them to set them off as far away as possible from your horse and at least in the opposite direction. 
  • If you are aware that there will definitely be fireworks nearby, try and make sure you or someone else experienced stays with them, and keep them as calm as possible. However, be careful as a spooked horse or pony can be dangerous, so make sure you keep out of their way. 
  • Don’t risk riding your horse or pony when there’s a chance that fireworks will be set off.
  • If your pet has previously been scared by fireworks, contact your vet for advice before the season, and consider moving them for a night when you know a display is planned.

Low Noise Fireworks

Low noise fireworks significantly reduce the chance of animal distress. Rainbow Fireworks has increased its display options to include low noise fireworks and this area has seen the largest increase in demand since 2018. Also, we have seen the same demand from our shop and the sale of our consummer fireworks. It demonstrates that the general public are also being considerate and aware of noise issues surrounding not only pets but children and adults alike.

UK fireworks law

  • You cannot set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except for the following times:
  • Bonfire Night - the cut off is midnight on this day. 
  • New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year - the cut off is 1am at these events. 
  • You cannot set off or throw fireworks in public places.
  • You cannot buy fireworks if you are under 18.

Link to Government website: Fireworks: the law

Try and stay relaxed and act normal during fireworks as animals can sense any tension you have. Praise your pets for their calm behaviour and take the lead from your pet - if they usually calm down with cuddling and stroking, then try that or let them hide if they’d rather do that. 

We know there are likely to be fireworks around Bonfire night and New Year’s Eve and you can try and be proactive to find out about any private or public fireworks displays and find out the times that the fireworks are to be let off, giving you a good chance to settle your pets during the displays.

 

 

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