Keep pets fire­works safe

Bay News - - YOUR PETS -

Novem­ber 5 is of­ten the scari­est day of the year for pets, who can be­come dis­tressed when they hear fire­works on Guy Fawkes night.

Most hu­mans en­joy the cel­e­bra­tions but many pets are trau­ma­tised by fire­works, says SPCA CEO An­drea Mid­gen. Each year SPCA re­ceives dozens of calls in­clud­ing an­i­mal in­juries, fright­ened an­i­mals, miss­ing pets, and oc­ca­sion­ally abuse of an­i­mals.

“Many an­i­mals have acute hear­ing so loud bangs can re­ally scare them. Fire­works can be ter­ri­fy­ing to pets who be­come highly stressed by them,” An­drea says. “Un­for­tu­nately, Guy Fawkes can lead to an­i­mals run­ning away and go­ing miss­ing, in­jur­ing them­selves or be­com­ing sus­cep­ti­ble to traf­fic ac­ci­dents. We urge pet own­ers to keep their pets in­side and safe on Guy Fawkes night.”

Pets can be kept safe and hap­py­with a bit of for­ward plan­ning, An­drea says.

“Hav­ing a strat­egy for your an­i­mals dur­ing the Guy Fawkes pe­riod will help them tremen­dously. Mak­ing sure your pet has com­pany, is kept in­side, and has proper iden­ti­fi­ca­tion are just a few easy ways to en­sure the safety and hap­pi­ness of your pet.”

SPCA does not sup­port the pri­vate sale and use of fire­works and has long called for a ban on the sale of fire­works to the pub­lic. SPCA ad­vises those plan­ning to set off fire­works in their back­yards to speak to their neigh­bours, or leave a note in their let­ter­box, so peo­ple with pets can pre­pare ac­cord­ingly.

She also en­cour­ages peo­ple to at­tend lo­cal pub­lic fire­works dis­plays rather than us­ing fire­works at home.

Be­cause fire­works are on sale to the pub­lic, this means that there is no ‘set’ day for fire­works and pet own­ers must re­main vig­i­lant and par­tic­u­larly watch­ful over their pets dur­ing this pe­riod, not just on Mon­day Novem­ber 5.

SPCA’s Top Tips for An­i­mals and Guy Fawkes:

Never let fire­works off close to an­i­mals.

Stay home­with your pet— they will be less stressed with some­one they trust close by.

Keep them in­doors— they won’t see the flashes and the bangs will be muf­fled. Close doors and win­dows and draw the cur­tains. Turn up the vol­ume on your ra­dio or TV to help drown out loud bangs with fa­mil­iar sounds.

Keep in­mind that for some an­i­mals, fire­works can be a real pho­bia and should be treated with med­i­ca­tion. Speak to your vet for op­tions be­fore the fire­works start.

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