Treatments such as
sedation and tranquillisers are not considered
suitable for administering over a long period of
time. The extended firework season has
implications for the practicality of this type of
"The only method available is
sedation and it is only suitable for 2-3 days in
Albyn Veterinary Centre, Broxburn
Three casualties of
deliberate attacks were recorded this year by the
Kittens suffered from smoke inhalation in a
house fire after a firework was put through a
letterbox, resulting in one fatality.
Cat had to have its leg amputated after a
firework attack Largs
Fireworks being put into a car with two dogs.
Serious firework related cases
asked to cite an example of the most serious case
related to fireworks this year, 28 (33%)
respondents described cases ranging from animals
becoming aggressive and destructive to animals
having to be put down.
9 animals had to be put to sleep because of
stress or injury relating to fireworks
4 animals, all dogs, were involved in road
traffic accidents after bolting through fear of
fireworks, 3 of the dogs were put to sleep.
Symptoms of this acute anxiety and stress were
expressed in many ways; examples of responses are
'Dog too excited to react to sedatives and
Broxburn, West Lothian
'Dog chewed a hole through a plasterboard
Broughty Ferry, Tayside
'Aged bronchic dog with acute exacerbation due
to firework stress. Intensive treatment was
eventually successful in improving condition but
euthanasia was considered'
Ayr, South Ayrshire
One working Border collie (with pups) was killed
on the road - she bolted from home after
fireworks panicked her. Another Border
collie received serious facial lacerations
following a Road Traffic Accident'
'Phobia leading to
soiling and destruction within house'
Livingstone, West Lothian
Dog demolishing client's bathroom where it was
hiding. Cats disappearing for days, aviary
birds dying, rabbit aborting'
'An elderly dog. known to be epileptic but
stable on drugs with no fits this year had a
major seizure after a firework went off in the
garden, he suffered cardiac failure'
Local Authority Breakdown
was also possible to analyse the data broken down
into the 32 Scottish local authorities.
Due to the lack of response from some local
authority areas it was not possible to give
complete analysis for every area. The
following areas have been excluded from this area
Shetland and Inverclyde - no vets in the sample
were located in these areas.
Aberdeen City, East Renfrewshire, Stirling, West
Dunbartonshire and Western Isles - no responses
were received from these areas.
It is also important to note that some local
authorities had very few vets in the sample -
Orkney had one vet in our sample and a 100%
Clackmannanshire had two vets in our survey and a
50% return rate.
In total there is sufficient evidence to analyse
25 of Scotland's 32 local authority areas.
analysing an area breakdown it is possible to
look at the issues and problems in the diverse
local authority areas.
Surgeries which have treated animals for firework-related
In 19 local authority areas, 100% of respondents
had treated animals for problems related to
firework. Six local authority areas did not
provide a 100% affirmative answer to this
question. They were
Respondents who had treated animals for firework-related