Make sure your pets are safe on bonfire night

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  • | by Kristian Dando

Bonfire night’s annual helping of bangs and whizzes is this weekend, and while it’s a jolly good laugh for us humans it’s another matter for pets.

Think about it: your average back garden display must be like the arrival of the apocalypse itself for cats and dogs, with their highly attuned sense of hearing and non-understanding of the concept of fireworks. It can lead to them ending up in an almighty state of peril, and may even make them run away or onto a busy road.

Ergo, it’s a good idea to make sure that your furry friends are protected from the sights and sounds (and potentially stray rockets) of bonfire night.

Here’s a few ideas how you could do it…

-Aways keep your pets indoors when fireworks are being set off and for heavens sake, don’t even consider taking a dog to a firework display. They won’t appreciate it, and will probably end up getting in an almighty canine funk.

- Shut all your windows and doors, draw the curtains. Think about turning on the telly or radio to block out some of the noise of the fireworks.

- Provide a safe haven for your pet to retreat to if they become fearful or stressed.

- When your display is finished, collect all the debris and get rid of it safely, as it can harm animals. - Act calmly and normally around your pet if they get upset – shouting at them will just stress them out more.

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