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MSPCA gives advice to pet owners ahead of bonfire night

Fri, 03 Nov 2023

The MSPCA is advising pet owners on how to comfort their animals on the run up to bonfire night.

Animals can become distressed at hearing fireworks and may become aggressive if they feel threatened.

The charity has issued the following advice:

  • Make sure your dog is tired from a good walk and meal.
  • Close the curtains and put the radio or TV on for background noise.
  • Give your dog a special treat or favourite chew to keep them busy.
  • If your dog is displaying mild anxiety, distract them with a play or training session.
  • Have a place for your dog to hide.
  • If your dog comes to you for reassurance, keep your voice calm. It's OK to be affectionate and soothe them.
  • If your dog comes out to you, praise them for being brave.


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