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BVA urges pet owners to prepare for Bonfire Night

23rd October 2015

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has reminded pet owners of the need to protect their animals from distress on Bonfire Night.

Firework phobia is a common issue among domestic animals, given that firework noise can reach up to 150 decibels and dogs, cats and other pets are often particularly sensitive to noise.

As such, the period around November 5th can be traumatic and distressing for many pets unless precautions are taken. These may include making a den for the animals to shelter in, using pheromone products to calm them, providing background noise as a distraction and remaining a calm presence.

Some pets show obvious signs of distress, such as panting, drooling and attempting to escape, but more subtle signs include restlessness and defecating indoors. Cats often hide, while rabbits may keep very still and thump the ground with their back feet.

Sean Wensley, president of the BVA, said: "Owners often ask vets for help in the days around Bonfire Night; there is good advice that we can give at this time, but there is even more that can be done to help pets if some measures were taken sooner."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801804018-ADNFCR

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