on 03-11-2016 14:45
Bonfire night can be a distressing time for animals who can be frightened by the loud bangs and flashing lights. With this in mind I've compiled a few tips on keeping your pets safe this November 5th.
- Close all doors and windows to reduce noise.
- Shut any curtains or blinds.
- Create a den or a place for your cat or dog to hide.
- If your pet is hiding don't try to tempt them out as this will cause further stress.
- Put on the TV or radio as a familiar sound and distraction for your pets.
- Bring them indoors for the night if possible.
- Move hutches (guinea pigs or rabbits) into a garage or shed (if indoors is not possible).
- Use a blanket draped over the hutch to sound poof against fireworks.
- Provide some extra bedding as somewhere to hide.
An extra tip for dog owners is to create a 'half wrap' using a scarf or similar piece of fabric. The half wrap goes around the dog and can help reduce anxiety and keep your dog calm during the fireworks.
I hope everyone's pets get through the weekend with a minimum of stress and please feel free to share any other tips you have in the replies below
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