Bonfire Night: Keeping pets safe and sound

30 October 2017

As Bonfire Night approaches, Co-op Insurance is offering tips for keeping pets safe.
Whilst Bonfire Night is a time for families and friends to come together, it can also be a stressful and traumatic period for pets.

There are approximately 16 million cats and dogs in the UK and it’s evident that noises and flashes associated with firework displays can cause pets to behave erratically.*

5 tips to keep pets safe ahead of Bonfire Night
1. Keep cats and dogs inside for the evening and create a safe spot for them to hide if they want to such as behind a sofa or under a bed
2. Close windows and curtains to muffle noises and hide flashing lights, which may cause distress and if possible play music or have a TV on, to help to distract and reassure your pet
3. Pick up any firework and bonfire debris and don’t leave bonfire treats such as toffee apples and treacle toffee lying around, as these can be harmful
4. Walk your dog during daylight hours when fireworks are less likely to go off
5. Don’t forget fireworks often start early for some, and finish late for others, so you need to ensure your pet will be looked after for a long evening


Notes to Editors

Case studies of pets who find Bonfire Night traumatic are available *research from Pet food manufacturers association

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