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