Squidgypigs – Fireworks safety for small pets (Guinea Pigs and Rabbits).

Squidgypigs - Guinea Pigs and Fireworks do not mix

It’s firework season in the U.K. at the moment; blasting off this weekend with Halloween and Guy Faulks Night follows on the 5th of November and all too frequently the accompanying flashes and bangs will then trickle through to Christmas and the New Year.

Whilst the negative effects of fireworks on our cats and dogs is well publicised I urge you not to forget your smaller furry pets. Guinea pigs, rabbits and other small fluffers share the sensitive hearing of the larger fluffers but unlike the majority of cats and dogs many will not have the luxury of being allowed inside this winter.

Firework safety for small INSIDE pets.

  • Close/lock windows and doors.
  • Close curtains.
  • Extra hay bedding provides sound proofing, comfort and a place to hide.
  • Consider covering part of the caging to create a secure environment.
  • Gentle background tv or radio may help reassure pets if they are used to hearing them.
  • As tempting as it may be to get your small pets out to comfort them, this dramatically diminishes their choices in dealing with the situation and they could pick up your own anxiety in your voice. They will almost certainly feel safer and more comfortable with access to their usual cage facilities.
  • We keep the light on in the pig room so that if they are spooked they can better see where they are running.
Squidgypigs - Guinea Pig PumpkinGuinea Pig Pumpkin

Firework safety for small outside pets.

  • Most importantly: if there is any opportunity to bring their hutches/caging inside please do so. A shed or car-free garage is always preferable to an exposed position in a garden or yard.
  • If this is not possible consider turning the enclosure so that it faces a wall, this will block out environmental intrusions.
  • Similarly a thick blanket can work well to block out both the sight and sound of fireworks. You must however always ensure there is adequate ventilation.
  • Extra hay bedding provides sound proofing, comfort and a place to hide.

Have fun, stay safe and don’t forget the small fluffers this fireworks season!

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