Keep pets safe this bonfire night

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BANGS and flashes from fireworks can cause great distress to many animals and ahead of bonfire night East Lindsey District Council is encouraging all pet owners to take necessary measures to ensure their animals have a stress free and safe evening.

Council Dog Warden Sue Garland said; “Bonfire night is the worst evening of the year for many animals.

“If your dog has previously shown signs of fear caused by fireworks, talk to the vets before Bonfire Night. The vet will advise on ways to reduce anxiety. It is also important to make sure your pet is micro-chipped and that they are wearing a collar and tag in case they try to escape.

“Make sure that your dog gets a long walk during daylight hours and is fed over half an hour before the fireworks begin. Shut your windows, draw curtains and close doors to disguise noise. Putting the TV or radio on can also help. Ensure your dog has a safe place to settle down; try to create an area with blankets and toys.

“It’s also important to remember cats. Where possible cats should also be kept indoors and have a safe place to hide. In the case of small animals living outside, try to ensure that their cage is covered by blankets for sound proofing and give them extra hay so they can burrow.”

For further information contact the Council’s Dog Wardens on 01507 601111 or e-mail dog.warden@e-lindsey.gov.uk