LINDA-LOUISE SWAIN OF­FERS THE FOL­LOW­ING TIPS FOR PRO­TECT­ING YOUR PETS DUR­ING GUY FAWKES:

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If your pet is badly af­fected by fire­works, speak to your vet about mild tran­quil­lis­ers or cal­ma­tives. Pheromone dif­fusers in the room also pro­vide calm.

Never leave pets alone dur­ing fire­works. Al­ways en­sure some­one is with them. Do not leave your pets out­side.

Se­cure all doors, win­dows and ex­its. An­i­mals have been known to jump through glass out of fear.

Pro­vide a safe spot – leave a cup­board open, have a crate or box avail­able and an ex­tra blan­ket for bur­row­ing.

Do not re­act to fire­works your­self. Try to keep the rou­tine as nor­mal as pos­si­ble.

Turn up the ra­dio or tele­vi­sion – this dif­fuses the loud bangs. Tele­vi­sion or ra­dio sounds are part of the rou­tine and can be used to dis­guise what is hap­pen­ing.

Never take an an­i­mal to a fire­works dis­play.

Pro­vide some ex­tra toys for your pet.

En­sure that your pet has an ID tag in case of emer­gen­cies.

Al­low your pet to find com­fort in a cup­board, etc. Do not try to over-com­fort your pet. Al­low them their space.

In the case of birds and rab­bits or smaller pets in cages, cover the cages with a blan­ket, to deaden the sound, with a small open­ing on one side.

Ab­so­lutely no an­i­mals should be left on chains. Dogs have been known to stran­gle them­selves in their panic.

Live­stock and poul­try need to be placed in shel­ters, away from any fire­works.

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