Ogmore MP Chris Elmore is seeking to raise awareness of the difficulties many pet owners face around Bonfire Night. As the nights draw in and families head out to bonfire and fireworks displays, Chris is directing local residents to advice issued by the Dog’s Trust charity that seeks to make life easier for dogs and their owners.
While fireworks displays often make for an exciting evening out, it can be an incredibly challenging time for pet owners. Dogs in particular commonly find loud bangs distressing, even if they are distant.
The Dog’s Trust has lots of useful information on their website for dog owners and guidance as to what people can do to help if they are planning their own fireworks display. Their key advice is to make sure dogs are fed and walked before dark so they can be settled before the majority of disturbance from fireworks starts. This ensures that they have had their daily exercise, a toilet break, and some food before their stress levels rise.
Over half of the British public now think fireworks should be limited to public displays to limit potential distress to animals. For those who do opt to organise a private display, it is now recommended that you people notify neighbours in advance so they can make any necessary arrangements for their pets.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“Most of us love this time of year but it’s important to remember that it can be an incredibly stressful time for many dogs and their owners. It’s vital that local residents are considerate to their neighbours when holding their own fireworks displays and keep them informed as best they can.
“The Dog’s Trust website is a great resource for pet owners with lots of useful advice. I’d highly recommend taking a look for some handy tips that many people may not yet have considered!”