While the lead up to Bonfire Night is fun for many of us, it can be an incredibly traumatic time for our four-legged friends.
Pensioner Kathy Martin, of Kent, lost one of her beloved dogs, Betty, to stress caused by someone’s back-garden firework display.
The 91-year-old said: “Betty wasn’t too old when she died but the fireworks sort of played on her. The bangs made her really jumpy and she had a fit of some sort and sadly she went”.
The Kennel Club says 80 per cent of owners notice a change in their dog’s behaviour during firework season, with almost half (48 per cent) saying their pets are afraid of them.
With their loud bangs, flashing lights and the strong smell of spent explosives, it’s no wonder animals can be fearful when November comes around.
Bonfire Night is a bad time to be blessed with heightened senses – with pets often having to deal with the noise of multiple bangs from numerous displays. They just can’t pinpoint where the explosions are coming from, or where the next one will land, making it all very stressful.
Year after year, pet owners keep their animals inside on Bonfire Night, with many spending the evening desperately trying to distract their companion from the ensuing noise.
Dog owners, farmers and animal rescuers have repeatedly called for loud fireworks to be outlawed due to the anxiety they cause pets, livestock and wildlife.