Advice on keeping your pets safe on Bonfire Night

Local pet owners are being offered top tips on how to minimise the anxiety in dogs, cats during the firework season.

Friday, 4th November 2016, 9:53 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 12:11 am
Thousands of spectators were treated to an evening of fantastic fun on Thursday night at the HMS Sultan Bonfire & Fireworks Night 2015. Visitors from across the South flooded through the Establishment¬"s gates to enjoy the spectacular fireworks and were also treated to live performances from 2012 X-Factor finalist Jahmene Douglas, upcoming girl group NW10 and Elle Exxe. Commonly recognised as one of the best displays within the region, the event focuses heavily on it¬"s ethos of providing a quality display at an affordable price for all. As well as the fireworks display and live entertainment, visitors enjoyed seeing entertainers including jugglers and fire breathers, in addition a funfair crammed full of rides was also available. Alisha Buxton, from Fareham, was amongst the many people who had come along to the display for the first time. She said: ¬SI heard about the event through Facebook and friends and family, who had all told me it was a brilliant evening, which was good for kids and really

The advice has been put together by Bexhill based Pets at Home store, at Ravenside.

Timothy Ender, store manager of Pets at Home Bexhill, said: “It can be quite distressing to see your pet scared and stressed, but there’s lots of ways you can support them and make them feel at ease.

“It’s important to stay relaxed yourself as pets will become hyper-sensitive to your own mood if they are feeling anxious.

“Find a quiet part of your home and help your pet learn that this is an enjoyable and safe place to be.

“When the fireworks start, your pet should be allowed to go here and rest undisturbed. It’s worth purchasing a plug-in diffuser that releases a calming natural remedy to help de-stress your pet. These don’t work instantly so it’s important to start using them in the run-up to Bonfire Night.

“Keep your pets safe indoors and secure all doors, windows and cat flaps to ensure they don’t run off. Make sure they are microchipped in case they manage to escape.

“Stick to your normal routine. This will help your pets to feel more settled. However, do try to walk your dogs before the darkness sets in, as this is when fireworks are likely to be set off.

“Close all windows and curtains, turn up the TV volume slightly or play some music to drown out loud noise.

“For more advice on keeping your pet calm and healthy during the firework season, just pop in store and we’ll be happy to help.”

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