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RSPCA issue firework advice ahead of New Year’s celebrations

PUBLISHED: 13:10 31 December 2014 | UPDATED: 13:10 31 December 2014

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Many animals are scared by the noises and lights

Fireworks are often part of New Year’s eve celebrations, but this can pose a problem for animals - many of whom are terrified by the noises and bright lights.

Because of this, the RSPCA has issued advice for keeping cats, dogs and other creatures secure.

• 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.

• During firework seasons, walk dogs during daylight hours and keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off.

• At nightfall close windows and curtains and put on music to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks.

• If your pet shows any signs of fear try to ignore their behaviour. Leave them alone unless they are likely to harm themselves.

• Never punish or fuss over your pet when it’s scared as this will only make things worse in the long run.

• 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. Have your pet microchipped in case they do escape.

Further advice on keeping companion animals safe is available on their website

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