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Urge for pets to be considered during firework season

Urge for pets to be considered during firework season

Posted by: Samantha Bartlett  Date: 05/11/2012   Category: Uncategorized

The public have been urged to consider dogs when planning their firework celebrations.

The Dog Trust have said that setting off fireworks in the range of pets can cause them stress and anxiety. This is because animals can hear at must higher frequencies that humans, so are affected more.

Julie Morrison, training and behaviour adviser at the Dogs Trust, urged people to be considerate of pets during the firework season. She told montrosereview.co.uk: “If you’re organising a local fireworks display, please consider your neighbour’s pets. A bit of forward planning can go a long way to make life less stressful for pets at this time of year.”

A recent survey from the organisation revealed that 72 per cent of dogs are frightened by fireworks – with 90 per cent of dog owners claiming they have to alter their routine during November firework celebrations.

Measures that can be taken to comfort dogs from firework noise include trying to keep them busy, giving them a high-carbohydrate diet or even simple methods such as making sure their dog bed is extra comfortable and that the TV volume is turned up high.

As well as dogs, smaller animals such as guinea-pigs, hamsters, gerbils and rabbits can also be badly affected, according to yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk.