Big bang help for pets

PETRIFIED pets are to be helped by an animal behaviourist visiting Ipswich before Bonfire Night.As the Star reported on July 4, the firework season no longer lasts for just a few days before November 5.

PETRIFIED pets are to be helped by an animal behaviourist visiting Ipswich before Bonfire Night.

As the Star reported on July 4, the firework season no longer lasts for just a few days before November 5.

Fireworks will start banging, whizzing and exploding from October onwards, but every year the season seems to begin earlier and go on for longer, causing fear and distress to the country's animals.

Fireworks have become the acceptable way of celebrating every event – from New Years Eve, birthdays, weddings and of course bonfire night.

As an animal behaviourist working upon referrals from veterinary surgeons, Howard Jones gets to deal with some of the many thousands of pets who suffer from noise phobia. been able to produce a solution for Pets frightened by noise.

He has produced a CD called Crash-Bang-Wallop, of over 50 of the most common sound effects that frighten the nations pets and a training guide on how to help and improve the behaviour of any pet that is frightened by fireworks.

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Mr Jones said: 'Fireworks are an annual nightmare for pets frightened by noise and their owners too. For animals, the sudden, unpredictable and deafening noise caused by fireworks causes panic, fear and distress.

"With the assistance of the compact disc and an easy to follow training guide, which takes around 10 weeks for the pet to learn, owners can help teach their pet in time for Bonfire night this year'.

Howard added: 'While many animal charities continue to support a worthwhile campaign to ban the sale of fireworks, there is still a need to continue to help the region's pets."

Mr Jones will be on hand for advice at Pets at Home, Ranelagh Rd, Ipswich between 10am and 3pm on July 26 and 27.

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