As November approaches, the Scottish SPCA is warning that fireworks can have a serious impact on the welfare of domestic, farm and wild animals.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity is also urging anyone holding firework displays to be careful and considerate to help avoid any animals coming to harm.
A dog’s hearing is twice as sensitive as a human’s and a cat’s three times, which means the sudden bang from a firework can be terrifying and cause extreme distress. Anyone holding a firework display should warn their neighbours in advance so they can make adequate provisions for their pets if possible.
We are also advising people to check bonfires before they are lit for hibernating animals such as hedgehogs, frogs and toads.”
Pet owners can help minimise the distress fireworks may cause their animals by taking a number of steps, such as keeping them indoors or taking advice from their vet.
Mike Flynn, SSPCA