Owners offered advice on how to keep their pets happy during fireworks

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Local branches of Pets at Home are holding free events this weekend to encourage owners to keep their animals calm during the forthcoming fireworks season.

The Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough branches are all putting on events on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 to help people look after their pets, which become easily frightened by fireworks.

A Pets at Home spokesperson said: “Nervous pets react in different ways and need different kinds of support to keep them feeling calm and at ease.

“During firework displays, nervous dogs and cats can tremble and shake, cling to their owners or cower and hide behind furniture, soil their surroundings, refuse to eat and try to run away.

“In the case of dogs, they can also bark excessively, pace and pant, with RSPCA research showing around 45% in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks.”

“You also need to consider pets that live outside, such as rabbits and guinea pigs, as they may become fearful of fireworks.”

During the event, the staff will be providing tips on how to keep your pet happy over the fireworks season.

Other tips for pets include creating a den or hiding place for your pet to feel safe indoors, providing distractions during periods when fireworks are occurring and not punishing your pet.