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Look after your pets - it's Guy Fawkes tonight

November 5, 2019

Look after your pets - it's Guy Fawkes tonight

Pets like Tui the schnoodle need extra care tonight. Photo: supplied

The SPCA has stressed the dangers of pets and fireworks ahead of Guy Fawkes celebrations tonight.

The animal-protection organisation says it receives dozens of calls relating to fireworks each year, with issues such injuries, frightened or, missing animals, and occasionally animal abuse.

Spokesperson Jessie Gilchrist says the society has long advocated for a ban on the sale of fireworks, which can be the source of real phobia for pets, which, in some cases, may need to be treated with medication.

The SPCA recommends those planning to set off fireworks should consider letting neighbours know so both parties can prepare accordingly, she says.

Some of the tips that the SPCA recommend for pet owners include: keeping them inside with curtains, windows and doors closed, drowning out fireworks by turning the volume up on the TV, making sure pets have somewhere to hide, avoiding letting pets out during dusk, and behaving in a calm and reassuring manner.

The SPCA recommends doing the same for small outside animals like rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens as well, by keeping them tucked away or even inside for the night.

Coco the cat

Cats like Coco need special attention on Guy Fawkes night. Photo: Reid Etherington

It suggests farm animals are moved away from fireworks, with fences secured and animals stabled well in advance so they have a chance to get used to new surroundings, even if it is temporary.

The New Zealand Government also recommends taking dogs for big walks to make them more tired with plenty of food.

Pets can be very scared by the sounds and lights of fireworks, and the SPCA reiterated that people who don’t have pets need to be aware of the stress that fireworks can cause others in the neighbourhood, not just pets.

This comes after an 18-week-old puppy died of a heart attack during a fireworks display in South Yorkshire in the UK.

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