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Bonfire Night is scary for your pets....Here's Our Advice

As Bonfire Night approaches loud bangs and whistling noises will be happening over the next few days which can cause stress to animals.

While we may enjoy the displays, animals have much better hearing than us and can become distressed at the noises.

Displays have already started taking place across the region.

Issuing advice on keeping pets calm and safe, Pets may become agitated when they hear the banging and whistling noises. Therefore, we need to take extra care to make sure that they feel secure as we approach the fireworks season.

We advise ensuring your dog is walked earlier in the day so that can be kept indoors when fireworks are being let off and making sure windows and cat flaps are closes at night.

Having your pet micro chipped is also a good idea in case they panic run away from the perceived threat.

Before the fireworks start, think about preparing somewhere where your pet can hide and feel secure. This could be somewhere as simple as under a bed or sofa.

Try to be at home when you know where are likely to be fireworks. Close curtains and put on the television or radio to mask the noise.

Don't attempt to tempt them out or comfort them if they are hiding, it is best not to disturb them.

Never take your dog to a firework display. Even if it doesn't bark or whimper at the noise, it doesn't mean it is not being disturbed by its environment. Excessive panting and yawning can sometimes indicated your dog is stressed.

If you are having a bonfire yourself, always check that there isn't an animal hidden in the stack before you light it. If the bonfire material has been collected some time ago, rebuild it just before it's lit to ensure no small animals have taken up residence in there.

On smaller pets, Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and other small furry animals need to be treated with special care when fireworks are being let off.

These animals are easily frightened. Where possible, bring hutches and cages that are normally kept outdoors inside.

If that is not possible, try to provide some sound proofing using blankets or other suitable material. This should help them feel safer and will give them extra bedding to burrow in.

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