Although the pretty colours and tasty treats of Bonfire Night can be great fun for families, the bangs and flashes can be frightening for our pets and it's a good idea to be prepared.
Petplan, a company providing insurance for your loyal companions, understands how scary 5th November can be for them and they have therefore created several useful tips to help make our furry friends feel safe when the fireworks begin.
Our Border Collie, Spartan, is thankfully quite relaxed when it comes to outside noise (possibly because I have so many deliveries from couriers each day!) but I always ensure I'm home on Bonfire Night to comfort and reassure him if necessary. I feel that is quite an important part of being an responsible dog owner, even if that means altering our plans a little, but snuggles on the sofa with a hot chocolate is never a bad thing.
We take him for earlier walks in Autumn, as it gets darker a lot earlier, but it's definitely wise to ensure pets are indoors when the fireworks begin to prevent them becoming afraid. If you are near a display or have neighbours celebrating popping the TV or radio on may help to settle any nerves too.
Don't forget, if you're making a bonfire of your own take a peek under the branches before lighting it to make sure there aren't any hedgehogs or other animals hiding!
Have you got any tips to share?
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