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It’s the Most Stressful Time of the Year for Our Pets

31 October 2014

UK - With darker evenings, fireworks and strangers in scary outfits, it’s not surprising that over half of pet owners admit to seeing a change in their pet’s behaviour during late October and early November.

Blue Cross is urging pet owners to keep their furry friends safe during the most stressful time of the year.

The most unsettling events for pets during autumn are:

  • Shorter dog walks after the clocks go back
  • Unexpected visitors wearing unusual costumes for Halloween
  • Loud bangs and bright flashes of fireworks during Guy Fawkes celebrations

Research found that dogs are the worst affected by autumnal events, followed by cats and rabbits.

Each year Blue Cross animal hospitals see emergency cases where pets are hit by cars after bolting in panic, or become injured after trying to hide in an unsafe place.

What’s more, some pets are even seriously hurt or become lost because their firework fears are so great that they run away.

There are some simple things pet owners can do to make sure their pet keeps safe and comfortable this autumn, such as microchipping pets, closing the curtains and exercising dogs before dark.

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