A Nottingham pet shop worker has called for stricter firework regulations in the run up to Bonfire Night.
At this time of the year, many people celebrate Bonfire Night by watching the fireworks and going to Bonfire Night displays.
If you happen to be a pet owner, you’ll know that the lead up to November 5th consists of some animals being frightened by the loud noises.
Though it’s important to keep yourself safe whilst having fun, it’s vital to look out for your pets too.
RSPCA has estimated that 45% of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks.
Earlier this week, an 18-week-old puppy died during a firework display in South Yorkshire.
The puppy suffered a heart attack during the display prompting her owner to call for firework restrictions.
Animal charities also have been pushing for change within the firework regulations to help pets feel safer.
RSPCA have previously created a campaign called #BangOutOfOrder to create awareness for this issue.
Helen Tomlinson, 57, an employee of independent pet shop Supapet said:
“I think this an ongoing issue that needs a resolution. Now that supermarkets like Sainsbury’s, Asda and Aldi have either stopped selling fireworks or are selling low-noise products it’s a step forward.”
Last month, Sainsbury’s announced that they would not be selling any fireworks this year.
Sainsbury’s tweeted: “We won’t be selling fireworks in any of our stores this year! Hope this helps!” after Twitter account @Sallymcb applauded them for not selling them at her local store.
Helen, from Derby, added:
“But I believe that not everyone should be allowed to buy fireworks and there should be limitations.”
The RSPCA have advised pet owners to shut any windows and doors so they can’t run off if they get frightened or turn up the TV or music at home so that they are distracted from the noise outside.
There are also tablets and plug-ins for pets to help calm them down.