Off with a bang

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THE num­ber of dogs that go miss­ing on or around Bon­fire Night is in­creas­ing, says The Ken­nel Club (KC), which is rec­om­mend­ing own­ers make sure their pet’s mi­crochip de­tails are up to date be­fore ev­ery­thing kicks off.

Mi­crochip­ping be­came com­pul­sory in April 2016, but KC sta­tis­tics show that 9% of dogs still don’t have one and 53% of mi­crochips are reg­is­tered with in­cor­rect owner de­tails.

‘Re­search shows that 40% of dogs are scared of fire­works,’ says a spokesper­son. ‘The ex­pe­ri­ence can be ter­ri­fy­ing for dogs and re­sult in them be­hav­ing un­pre­dictably, which could put their safety at risk.’ Fur­ther KC tips in­clude ac­cli­ma­tis­ing your dog with spe­cial noise CDS, hav­ing the TV or ra­dio on dur­ing fire­works, keep­ing win­dows and cur­tains shut and feed­ing your dog be­fore the bangs be­gin in case he be­comes too anx­ious to eat. Ob­vi­ously, don’t take your dog to a fire­works dis­play as he’s un­likely to en­joy it and don’t tell him off if he be­haves strangely. Visit www. ken­nel­club.org.uk for more.

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