If many people enjoy the sound of fireworks to welcome and celebrate the New Year for animals this just a shocking noise that frightens and terrorizes them becoming sometimes even very hazardous.

It is not uncommon for animals, frightened and terrorized, to run away from home gardens and courtyards, getting lost or ending up hit by a car. Older animals or animals with heart diseases can even die from heart attack.

Fireworks are not only dangerous for our pets but also for the wildlife (birds, squirrels, small mammals, butterflies, fishes and other animals who live in parks and woods) that frightened by loud noise and flashing lights can be disoriented and, in panic for the terrible fear, crashed into trees, walls, windows, electrical cables or run over by a car.

In addition firework residues contains toxic chemicals and other poisons harmful to animals if they ingest them and with a devastated impact also on the environment.

OIPA has drawn up a list of advices for protecting animals and for keeping your dogs, cats and other pets safe from fireworks and firecrackers during New Year’s Eve celebration.



  1. Keep them as far away as possible from celebrations or from places where firecrackers are lighted up. Animals are more sensitive than humans to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells.
  2. Do not leave them alone as they could have uncontrolled reactions and get hurt. Stay closed, be calm and try to entertain them for detracting their attention from the noise.
  3. Do not leave them outside. Keep your pet or other animal, used to stay outdoor, safely at home or in a protective place to prevent a possible escape. So, leave your animals safely indoors!
  4. Keep your tv or radio preferably at high volume, close windows and shutters. This method allows to soften the noise caused by the explosion of fireworks.
  5. Let them to take shelter wherever they prefer, even if it is a normally forbidden place. Leave them to stay protected in a comfortable place or location.
  6. During walks, ensure to keep your dog on a leash. In this period, do not release them even in the dog parks to avoid unexpected escapes driven by fear and anxiety. They can get lost and expose to many dangers
  7. Ask a veterinary behaviourist for suggestions and, if strictly needed, ask for a supportive therapy that might alleviate your pet’s fear and axiety.
  8. DO NOT give sedatives to your animal as home remedy, some drugs have contraindications and can increase the phobic state
  9. Try to spend the New Year’s Eve with your pet in a location far from any loud and unexpected noise to safeguard their physical and psychological health
  10. Ask your Municipality to issue a warning to ban fireworks/firecrackers and raise awareness in your community of the danger and the effects that these unnecessary noises have on pets and also on wild animals