Published: 06:00, 29 October 2020
| Updated: 08:02, 29 October 2020
A dogs charity is urging people to consider making fireworks displays quieter and limit them to 30 minutes when arranging their own celebrations - following the cancellation of displays across Kent.
As many plan to host their own private displays, Dogs Trust is urging people to reduce the stress caused to pets by opting for quieter fireworks and giving their neighbours plenty of warning.
Harriet Blaskett, rehoming centre manager at Dogs Trust Canterbury in Chestfield, said: “For many dogs and their owners, firework season is always one they dread.
“But this year, dog owners are faced with the added worry that more fireworks will be set off in the local neighbourhood due to large-scale gatherings being cancelled.
“Dogs have approximately four times more sensitive hearing than humans, so the loud cracks and bangs of fireworks can often be a terrifying experience for them.
“Fireworks also tend to be sudden, unpredictable and bright. This combination can be distressing and have a lasting impact on dogs.”
A survey by The Kennel Club found that 20% of residents in the south east planned to attend or host a private fireworks display this year.
It also revealed nearly two-thirds of dog owners in the region are worried about the possibility of fireworks moving closer to home this year and causing anxiety to their pets.
Ms Blaskett says there are many things owners can do to help make Bonfire Night less stressful for their dogs - such as providing safe spaces for them to hide and settling them before the fireworks start.”
She encourages anyone thinking of hosting a display to let neighbours know in advance, limit displays to 30 minutes or less, and to opt for quieter, lower decibel fireworks.
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