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Animal Friends Blog

4th
November
2021

How are you protecting your pet this bonfire night?

How are you protecting your pet this bonfire night?

As the night of gunpowder, treason and plot approaches it seems that pet owners may not be quite as excited about the night’s festivities as some may think.

To ensure we’re doing all we can to support pet owners through the autumn celebrations, we asked our customers for their insights on how it impacts their furrier family members. Thanks to over 2,000 of them, we’re able to share some key insights into what’s going on.

The results

Our survey found that nearly half of pet owners want to see community fireworks displays banned in order to safeguard pets and wildlife. This is not a surprising number considering the negative effects that they can sometimes have on our furry friends.

However, while 51% of respondents feel concerned about their animal on firework night, we also discovered that they’re likely to try a variety of different approaches to help any worried pets.

More than half of owners say they turn up the TV or hold their pets to help soothe them as the night erupts outside with nearly 10% even taking extra measures and turning to calming product remedies to help reduce stress and anxiety. Interestingly, some even went as far as to invest in animal ear protectors.

And it’s not just pets that feel anxious with fireworks, 58% of respondents are worried for their pets when they hear displays go off in the distance. But only 7% of owners have felt the need to seek vet or behavioural support for their pet due to the distress they show when fireworks are let off.

Fireworks are not only loud, but they can also be dangerous, too and accidents can happen in the excitement of the night. Luckily, only four of those surveyed have had to take their pet to the vet for an injury caused by a firework.

91% of people do not think enough is being done to educate the public on the hazards that firework displays present to animals and wildlife.

Supporting your pet

To help the pets in your home, it might be a good idea to put aside extra time to care for them on and around Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve. If you cannot be with them, it may be worth finding a pet sitter to look after them so that they aren’t left on their own.

Here are a few tips to help ensure that your pet stays safe during the firework displays this year:

  • F̲eeding time: Feed your pets more than usual to help them settle
  • I̲ndoors: Keep your pets inside in the evening
  • R̲educe noise: Drown out the bangs with the TV or radio
  • E̲nvironment: Close the curtains and set your pet up in a den or room with their favourite things
  • W̲alk: Let your cat out or take your dog for a long walk earlier in the day
  • O̲rganisation: Prepare for Bonfire Night well in advance
  • R̲eassurance: Stay with your pet to help keep them settled
  • K̲ittens & puppies: Be aware that young ones can be extra sensitive to loud noises

If you are really worried about your pet, Joii Pet Care provide behaviour sessions through your phone to help make positive changes in your pet that will benefit everyone. A full behaviour 45-minute consultation with their Clinical Animal Behaviourist, Natalie Light, costs £95.

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Hello, fellow animal lovers! I’m Elena, and I take care of social media for Animal Friends Insurance. I’m here to share the latest on animal welfare, our charity work and pet care. I foster and adopt rabbits and have a rescue dog called Luna.

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