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