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Fireworks night can be a magical time of the year for children  but that isn’t the case for your pets.

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

Feliway is a very good calmer for cats – you can buy plug in diffusers or spray for their bedding and for dogs there is Adaptil.

For the cat and dog owners out there here is a list of seven handy tips to stop your pet from getting too scared.

  1. Make sure your dog or cat always has somewhere to hide if he or she wants to and has access to this place at all times. For example this could be under some furniture or in a cupboard.
  2. During firework seasons, walk dogs during daylight hours and keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off.
  3. At nightfall close windows and curtains and put on music to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks.
  4. If your pet shows any signs of fear try to ignore their behaviour. Leave them alone unless they are likely to harm themselves.
  5. Never punish or fuss over your pet when it’s scared as this will only make things worse in the long run.
  6. Make sure your cat or dog is always kept in a safe and secure environment and can’t escape if there’s a sudden noise.
  7. Have your pet microchipped in case they do escape.