Help your pets avoid firework fright nights
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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