The RSPCA expects to receive hundreds of calls during the firework period in 2016. Over the last few years, the charity has been contacted multiple times in October and November in connection to fireworks.
- 2015: 436 calls
- 2014: 364 calls
- 2013: 310 calls
- 2012: 326 calls
Retailers can help pet owners during the celebratory season by stocking the wide range of products created to leave pets feeling secure and calm.
In 2016, the RSPCA supported a fireworks campaign started by Julie Doorne. It urged consideration to be given to restrict the private use of fireworks to all but certain days of the year – November 5, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali – and was debated in Parliament by MPs.
RSPCA welfare expert Lisa Richards said: “There are some simple things owners can do to help their pets. Make sure dogs and cats are kept indoors when fireworks are likely to go off, try to mask the noise of the fireworks by turning on the TV or music, and provide pets with a safe place to hide at all times.
“Small animals that live outside should have lots of extra bedding so they can burrow and some of their enclosure could be covered by a blanket for extra insulation and sound-proofing.”