With bonfire night approaching we often forget about our four legged friends.
Firework displays will take place all this weekend and with many of us leaving our pets at home we forget about how they can be affected. The loud bangs and sudden flashes of light can be frightening for an animal and can result in panic and distress.
Statistics suggest that 80% of dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs have a phobia of fireworks, which can leave them being frightened. Dogs often show obvious signs of distress such as panting, drooling and excessive barking, but other pets show more subtle signs which can include, ears pricked forward or back, acting withdrawn or trying to hide away.
Dr Huw Stacey, director of clinical services at Vets4Pets, comments: “Firework noise can reach up to 150 decibels, which is as loud as a jet engine. Cats, dogs and other pets’ hearing is a lot more sensitive than humans, so it’s not surprising pets find this distressing as they have no concept of celebrations and are often left feeling confused by the situation.
“Classic signs of an animal being in distress due to fireworks include, a change in appetite, trying to escape the noise, excessive barking and drooling.”
“There are simple and effective ways to reduce anxiety and stress in pets during firework season, which typically last a few weeks around the 5th November. To help pet owners keep their pets safe and stress free during a firework display, vets are offering advice and guidance.”
Dr Colin Skinner, Joint Venture Partner and Veterinary Surgeon at Vets4Pets told us: “make sure your pet is microchipped as a start and then close all your doors and windows. Many cats will run away so make sure you keep them inside.”
If you know your pets are scared of fireworks visit the Vets4Pets Website.
So remember, remember your pets this November.