Keep animals away from fireworks

AS November approaches, the Scottish SPCA is warning that fireworks can have a serious impact on pets and farm animals in the district.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity is also urging anyone holding firework displays to be careful and considerate to help avoid any animals coming to harm.

Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “The current legal noise limit for a firework is 120 decibels.

“To put this into perspective, a typical pneumatic drill measures around 100 decibels and people are advised to wear ear protectors when exposed to anything above 80 decibels.

“A dog’s hearing is twice as sensitive as a human’s and a cat’s three times, which means the sudden bang from a firework can be terrifying and cause extreme distress.

“Anyone holding a firework display should warn their neighbours in advance so they can make adequate provisions for their pets if possible.

“Dogs and cats often flee at the sound of fireworks and this can result in them being injured or even killed in road traffic accidents.

SSPCA posters highlighting the dangers of fireworks are available from the charity to be displayed in local communities. Those who wish to request copies can phone them on 03000 999 999 or email info@scottishspca.org.