Fire­works warn­ings

South Taranaki Star - - PROPERTY - ME­GAN SUTHER­LAND

An­i­mal wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions are urg­ing peo­ple to take care of their pets ahead of ‘‘stress­ful’’ Guy Fawkes cel­e­bra­tions.

Fire­works en­thu­si­asts, emer­gency ser­vice staff and an­i­mal or­gan­i­sa­tions are gear­ing up for Guy Fawkes on Sun­day, with fire­works set to go on sale on Thurs­day.

Guy Fawkes cel­e­bra­tions could be a ‘‘stress­ful time’’ for an­i­mals, An­i­mates Vet­care’s Dr War­ren Stroud said.

’’The star­tling sights and spo­radic bursts of sound that come with fire­works can be very fright­en­ing for any an­i­mal so it’s im­por­tant to take some pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures,’’ he said.

‘‘For ex­am­ple it’s an an­i­mal’s nat­u­ral in­stinct to hide, so get­ting them in­side and cre­at­ing a ‘den’ of favourite blan­kets, beds and toys will help them feel safe.’’

Or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the New Zealand Ve­teri­nary As­so­ci­a­tion have called for a ban on pub­lic fire­works sales. New Zealand Ve­teri­nary As­so­ci­a­tion chief ve­teri­nary of­fi­cer He­len Beat­tie said a ban would im­prove the wel­fare of an­i­mals.

‘‘While we un­der­stand that many peo­ple en­joy fire­works dis­plays, it is the role of vet­eri­nar­i­ans to ad­vo­cate for what is right and good for an­i­mals in New Zealand. An­i­mal wel­fare must al­ways come first, and in this in­stance, de­spite hu­man en­joy­ment, fire­works do not bring a wel­fare ben­e­fit to an­i­mals.’’

She said that ev­ery year ve­teri­nary clin­ics see in­jured and trau­ma­tised an­i­mals as a re­sult of fire­works.

Top tips to pro­tect pets 1. Find out where and when fire­works will take place near you.

2. Con­tact a ve­teri­nary clinic for cop­ing ad­vice if your pet has pre­vi­ously ex­hib­ited fear-re­lated be­hav­iour.

3. Keep pets in­doors, prefer­ably with cur­tains drawn and win­dows closed to re­duce noise.

4. Turn on the ra­dio or tele­vi­sion to cre­ate a fa­mil­iar sound which can be com­fort­ing.

5. Re­move any­thing in the room where you are keep­ing your pet that could in­jure them.

6. Pro­vide blan­kets and pil­lows for your pet to hide un­der if they wish.

7. Take your pet to an al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tion for the night if nec­es­sary.

8. Com­fort your pet dur­ing and af­ter fire­works dis­plays in your neigh­bour­hood.

DOUG FIELD/STUFF

Make you home a safe re­treat for your pets so they don’t have to hide un­der the bed dur­ing fire­works dis­plays.

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