Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside Branch

Advice for pet owners during the fireworks season

RSPCA receives hundreds of calls relating to fireworks every year


Advice for pet owners during the fireworks season Infographic - RSPCA

Fireworks frighten animals- An infographic created by the RSPCA


Many animals find fireworks scary. It is estimated that 45 per cent of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks.

It doesn’t have to be that way though, so don’t ignore the problem. Firework phobia is a treatable condition and animals don’t have to suffer such misery every year. Seek advice from your vet who will, if necessary, be able to refer you to a professional clinical animal behaviourist.

There are also lots of simple things you can do to help your pet deal with fireworks. By preparing in advance before fireworks start your pet will be better able to cope with the noises.

Download our leaflet ‘Fireworks frighten animals – help them feel safe (PDF 192KB)‘ which includes:

  • lots of great tips for keeping your pets secure during fireworks. Follow our top tips to make firework celebrations less frightening for your pet.
  • information on keeping dogs, cats and small animals safe during fireworks.
  • introducing ‘Sounds Scary’ – a therapy pack aimed to teach your dog to be less afraid of loud noises. Sound Therapy 4 Pets.

Acknowledgement for this information is made to Prof Daniel Mills. Read more about our Expert contributors.