As November approaches, the Scottish SPCA is warning that fireworks can have a serious impact on the welfare of domestic, farm and wild animals.
The animal welfare charity is also urging anyone holding firework displays to be careful and considerate to help avoid animals coming to harm.
Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “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. The noise can also cause panic in livestock and horses which can lead to severe injury if they try to bolt through fences.
Pet owners can help minimise the distress fireworks may cause their pets by discussing treatments and therapies with their vet.
The SSPCA are asking people to check bonfires before they are lit for hibernating animals such as hedgehogs, frogs and toads.
Cs Flynn adds: “We don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun but we are urging people to be considerate and think about the welfare of animals before enjoying fireworks this November.”