There's more to keeping your pet safe on bonfire night than leaving him or her at home... Read our guide to find out more.
Remember, remember the fifth of November - for the sake of your pet if not for yourself!
Whether you love the noise and excitement of bonfire night or prefer to stay indoors with the curtains firmly drawn, it's essential to look after your animals at this time of year.
Pets such as cats and dogs tend to be very frightened by the bangs and flashes caused by fireworks and it's possible they could run away and get lost.
And, sadly, animals can be very seriously injured if debris from a firework - or even a firework itself - hits them.
So to make sure your pet stays safe this bonfire night, read on...
Fireworks can be bought from specially licensed shops all year round but are on general sale from registered sellers such as supermarkets and shops only for limited times, including:
You must be aged 18 or over to buy fireworks and it's illegal to set them off between 23:00 and 07:00, except on:
Animals have no idea what the loud bangs and colourful flashes are and can become very distressed by anything that is out of the norm or a change in their routine.
Moreover, the noise of fireworks can physically hurt them.
Animal hearing is extremely sensitive and, according to the Blue Cross† animal charity, loud bangs and whistles can cause actual pain in their ears.
On 5 November and during other celebrations, small animals tend to be easier to care for than cats and dogs because they are enclosed in hutches or cages and therefore can't run away.
But pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs and birds can nevertheless become very frightened, so here are some ways to help them feel as secure as possible:
Dogs and cats need extra attention during the fireworks period as they can be sensitive and could potentially escape if not looked after properly.
It can be tricky to reassure larger animals, such as horses and goats, when fireworks are going off nearby.
But staying calm and following these pointers will help:
Ahead of 5 November and other celebratory events such as new year's eve, consider your pet's personality and plan ahead.
You may want to talk to your vet about pheromone diffusers, which emit calming chemicals and can be a good option for stressed pets, especially dogs.
They are best used in conjunction with behavioural therapy, which would require a referral from your vet and would need to be planned three-to-six months ahead of an event like bonfire night.
Fireworks are widely on sale in the three weeks leading up to 5 November, so be extra vigilant when out walking your dog during this period.
It's illegal to set off fireworks, including sparklers, in the street, but don't assume this won't happen whilst you are out with your pet.