Pro­tect your pets on bon­fire night

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

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

PDSA

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