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RSPCA issues firework night advice
PET owners are being reminded of the best way to look after their animal during bonfire night.
The number of fireworks-related calls received by the RSPCA last year was 525. Almost 300 of these were in November alone. This year, the animal charity has received 58 calls so far.
Neil Fullbrook, trustee of the RSPCA Essex South and Southend District Branch, said: “The vast majority of calls are about animals which are scared of fireworks, so we’re urging those holding displays to think about giving people in their area plenty of notice of when they will be. We’re also urging people to go to organised displays and to avoid putting on displays near animals.”
Tips to make sure your pet is safe and secure include, make sure your dog or cat always has somewhere to hide if he or she wants to, and has access to this place at all times. Close all windows and curtains and put on some music to mask the sound of fireworks. Never show any anger towards your cat or dog if they appear frightened – this will only convince the animal that there really is something to be afraid of. Do not fuss over or try to reassure your dog or cat when they are frightened and if your pets live outside, partly cover cages, pens and aviaries with blankets.
For more information visit www.rspca.org.uk/fireworks.