VETS have shared their top tips for keeping pets safe during the fireworks.

Bonfire Night is on the horizon, causing pet owners the annual anguish of wondering what to do with their furry friends.

Fortunately the Firs Veterinary Surgery in Kelsall is here to help, and has offered some expert advice to help keep cats and dogs calm amid the loud bangs and bright flashing lights.

Clinical director doctor Ruth Taylor said: “The fireworks season can be a difficult time for pets and their owners, especially because it spans several weeks. It is a good idea to plan ahead to help keep animals relaxed, safe and comfortable.

“Providing a safe place where they can hide, like a den, is worth doing and there are also over-the-counter therapies that can help to keep them calm.

“Dogs should not be left on their own during this time and even pets that have not previously shown any fear can become sensitive, so it is a good idea to ask your vet for advice.

“The biggest worry is that many pets will bolt through fear so make sure doors and windows are shut.”

Firs Veterinary Surgery's ten top tips to keep pets safe this fireworks season

1. Keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are being let off.

2. Walk your dog in daylight hours to avoid being out when fireworks start.

3. Keep windows and doors shut to reduce the sound of fireworks and block off catflaps to stop frightened pets from fleeing. Leave internal doors open so they don’t feel trapped.

4. Create a safe place or ‘den’ for the evenings where they have their favourite toys and can’t see any flashes outside. Offer nutritious treats and toys and games that encourage them to forage but give them the choice to interact.

5. Close the curtains and put on music or the TV in advance to help drown out the noise of fireworks.

6. Make sure cats and dogs are wearing collars and tags in case they bolt and ensure microchip details are up to date so they can be quickly reunited with you.

7. Don’t leave your pet home alone in the evenings during fireworks season.

8. Keep calm, act as normal as possible and reassure your pet to make them feel safe and secure. Let them hide if they want and avoid scolding or shouting as they are already frightened, and this behaviour will make them feel worse.

9. Cover rabbit hutches or aviaries with blankets to block out sight of fireworks and reduce sound of bangs.

10. Bring hutches or cages indoors, if possible, or into a garage or shed.