Protect your pets on bonfire night
We at vet charity PDSA are
urging pet owners to take ac- tion now to prevent millions ofpetssufferingfromextreme distress and trauma triggered by fireworks.
Our research has revealed the owners of a staggering eight million dogs and cats report their pets are afraid of fireworks with more than 1,000 pets being seen at its pet hospitals in the last 12 months for fireworks-related issues such as phobias and injuries.
Anyone who has seen
their pet go through this mis- ery knows how serious their anxiety and fear of firework sounds can be.
Many shake and tremble, are unable to settle, toilet in the house, destroy furniture, and can even cause themselves physical injury if they panic, try to escape or run away.
For young pets, careful management of their first experience of fireworks can prevent these fears from
developing. For older pets reward-based behaviour techniques can be very effective. Both take time and patience,
Thanks to funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, PDSA’s expert vets have produced a step-bystep Fireworks Ready guide for owners to help them prepare their pets. Go to pdsa.org. uk/fireworksready
Sean Wensley Senior vet