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The Kennel Club warns the number of missing dogs doubles during fireworks season


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Pet owners are being warned about the consequences of fireworks as research showed a 100% increase in the number of dogs that go missing around Bonfire Night.

The Kennel Club is highlighting the stress and behavioural changes our pups face as a result of the loud bangs and colourful displays.

Data from Petlog shows that the number of dogs going missing doubles during the week of fireworks celebrations. Stock Image
Data from Petlog shows that the number of dogs going missing doubles during the week of fireworks celebrations. Stock Image

When fireworks explode many dogs become upset and frightened, with owners seeing signs of stress, such as pacing, howling, crying, excessive panting, licking, chewing and drooling.

The dog welfare organisation's research found that 30% of owners believe their four-legged friend is terrified of fireworks and nearly half of owners notice their dog is scared.

Bonfire night can negatively impact the mood and behaviour of thousands of dogs, but it is also a source of stress for the owners.

Almost two thirds of owners are more worried about their dog’s welfare during the fireworks season, than at any other time of the year.

A tenth also say their dog previously attempted – or successfully managed - to run away during firework displays, which can lead to tragic consequences.

Fireworks can terrify dogs. Picture: The Kennel Club
Fireworks can terrify dogs. Picture: The Kennel Club

Data from Petlog, the UK’s largest microchip database, shows that the number of dogs going missing doubles during the week of fireworks celebrations.

Mark Beazley, chief executive of The Kennel Club said: “Fireworks displays, especially if they are unexpected, can have devastating and long-term effects, with dozens of dogs going missing every year and thousands more showing clear signs of fear and distress.

“Each dog reacts differently and it is important that dog owners, especially those with young puppies, know what do to and how they can help their dogs get through the fireworks season safely, and for those involved in displays to be considerate to the nation’s pets.”

To help dogs get through the fireworks season as safely and comfortably as possible, The Kennel Club has rounded up some advice for owners:

  • Get them used to the sounds of fireworks by playing them fireworks sounds in weeks leading up to the night
  • Shut all the doors and windows and keep your curtains closed to block the flashing lights.
  • Make a safe space for your dog filled with their favourite toys and blankets.
  • Distract your dog by keeping the TV or radio switched on .
  • Reward their calm behaviour with treats or playing.
  • Keep your dog’s microchip details up to date to make it easier to reunite you with your dog in case it runs away.
  • Try to act and behave as normal, as your dog will pick up on any unusual behaviour.
  • Remain calm, happy and cheerful as this will send positive signals to your dog.

For more information and advice on how to make sure dogs are safe and comfortable during the fireworks season, visit The Kennel Club website here.

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