Guy Fawkes is coming… along with the bangs, whistles and shrieks of fireworks. Sure, it’s exciting for some, but terrifying for others, especially if they have no idea what’s going on – like animals.
This includes the more than 4.35 million pets who reside in New Zealand.
Many organisations have called for a ban on fireworks because it’s a much wider problem than just scaring domestic pets. For example, the Auckland Zoo finds it disrupts mating season and terrifies all the animals including the endangered species in their enclosures. And the Tūpuna Maunga Authority dealt with Guy Fawkes fires on Te Pane o Mataaho/Māngere Mountain and Maungarei/Mt Wellington in 2019, so will close the mountains this year during Guy Fawkes.
Until the Government formally addresses the issue, we all need to be alert and prepared.
Did you know animals have higher hearing sensitivity so the exploding fireworks can reach the equivalent decibels of a jet engine for them? If you factor in sudden flashing lights, fires by rogue fireworks, wrongdoers tormenting animals with fireworks and extra traffic on the roads, there’s a higher risk that your pet may run away or become injured.
Pet insurer PD Insurance surveyed over 1,000 pet parents in late September and discovered that:
Fireworks can cause each of these situations. PD Insurance suggests pet parents plan ahead for Guy Fawkes – and New Year’s Eve for that matter – with these six simple steps:
If your pet becomes injured, PD Insurance’s Health and Wellness Packages are here to help with:
Leandri Smith – The Mail Room
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