Help your pets avoid fire­work fright nights

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BON­FIRE Night can be scary for pets, and own­ers are be­ing urged to take ex­tra care in en­sur­ing their safety.

West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil has is­sued some handy ad­vice for own­ers.

It is hoped that this will stop an­i­mals stray­ing from their homes in an at­tempt to find a safe place away from the loud noises.

The coun­cil sug­gests that own­ers close all win­dows and cur­tains and put on some mu­sic, and the TV, to mask the loud bangs from the fire­works.

Ad­di­tion­ally, if your pet shows any sign of fear, it is rec­om­mended to try to ig­nore their be­hav­iour un­less there is im­mi­nent danger and do not fuss over or try to re­as­sure your pet when they are fright­ened.

Own­ers should also never show anger if an­i­mals ap­pear fright­ened, as this will only con­vince them that there is some­thing to be afraid of.

And own­ers should set a good ex­am­ple for the an­i­mal, and ig­nore the fire­work noises.

Also, make sure the pet is kept in a se­cure and safe en­vi­ron­ment at all times, so that it can­not bolt in re­ac­tion to sud­den noise.

If you have had your pet mi­cro-chipped/tat­tooed, you will cer­tainly im­prove the chances of a safe re­turn if they do es­cape, and all dogs should have a col­lar and tag pro­vid­ing de­tails of own­er­ship.

In or­der to avoid un­nec­es­sary ex­po­sure to the fire­works, ex­er­cise dogs dur­ing day­light.

If you know of another pet that is not scared by noises, and gets on well with yours, keep­ing the two to­gether dur­ing the evening may help your an­i­mal to re­alise there is no need to be afraid.

Lastly, if your pet has been dis­tressed in the past, the coun­cil ad­vises own­ers not to ig­nore it but seek ad­vice from a vet prior to the event.

Cllr Kevin Wright, port­fo­lio holder for com­mu­nity safety, said: “Bon­fire Night is a dis­tress­ing time for an­i­mals, es­pe­cially if fire­works are be­ing set off over a num­ber of evenings.

“The coun­cil’s tips aim to help to en­sure that pets and their own­ers have a stress-free time.”

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