Local pet owners are being offered top tips on how to minimise the anxiety in dogs, cats during the firework season.
The advice has been put together by Bexhill based Pets at Home store, at Ravenside.
Timothy Ender, store manager of Pets at Home Bexhill, said: “It can be quite distressing to see your pet scared and stressed, but there’s lots of ways you can support them and make them feel at ease.
“It’s important to stay relaxed yourself as pets will become hyper-sensitive to your own mood if they are feeling anxious.
“Find a quiet part of your home and help your pet learn that this is an enjoyable and safe place to be.
“When the fireworks start, your pet should be allowed to go here and rest undisturbed. It’s worth purchasing a plug-in diffuser that releases a calming natural remedy to help de-stress your pet. These don’t work instantly so it’s important to start using them in the run-up to Bonfire Night.
“Keep your pets safe indoors and secure all doors, windows and cat flaps to ensure they don’t run off. Make sure they are microchipped in case they manage to escape.
“Stick to your normal routine. This will help your pets to feel more settled. However, do try to walk your dogs before the darkness sets in, as this is when fireworks are likely to be set off.
“Close all windows and curtains, turn up the TV volume slightly or play some music to drown out loud noise.
“For more advice on keeping your pet calm and healthy during the firework season, just pop in store and we’ll be happy to help.”
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