Loughborough Echo

Fireworks advice for dog owners


WITH firework season about to whizz-pop into our lives again with the approach of Hallowe’en, Diwali and Bonfire Night, a rehoming charity is issuing advice to dog owners to help pets which might be scared by the unexpected bangs.

Celine Di Crocco, Dogs Trust Loughborou­gh manager, said: “Dogs have about four times more sensitive hearing than humans, so the loud cracks and bangs of fireworks can often be a terrifying experience for them.

“Fireworks tend to be sudden, unpredicta­ble and bright. This combinatio­n can be distressin­g and have a lasting impact on dogs.

“There are lots of things owners can do to help make fireworks less stressful for their dogs. We would also urge anyone thinking of putting on their own fireworks display to consider the welfare of their four-legged friends and others in the neighbourh­ood by following our Firework Dog Code.”

Here are Dogs Trust’s top tips:

■ ■Walk your dog before dark. Make sure it is exercised and has had a toilet break well before any fireworks;

■ ■Feed your dog before the fireworks begin as they may become unsettled and not want to eat during them;

■ ■Make sure your house and garden are secure as some dogs may try to run away if they are scared;

■ ■Provide a safe hiding place. Make sure your dog has somewhere safe in their favourite room. Close the curtains, turn lights on and turn up the volume on your TV or radio.

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