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Bonfire Night Advice For Pet Owners in North Yorkshire


6:00am 3rd November 2013

One of the biggest firework displays in the UK is on tonight. Kaboom will be launched into the skies above York at Rawcliffe Country Park, (Sunday, November 3rd, 2013) cascading its colourful display a quarter of a mile across.

But while people at the event will be having fun, Kaboom are reminding pet owners to keep their animals safe this bonfire night. They've teamed up with Minster Veterinary Practice who is giving advice to those who are worried that their pets will get scared.

Veterinary nurse Sally Whitehead from the practice says the most important thing to do is to stay calm yourself.

Here are Sally’s top tips for pet owners:

Bring your pet indoors, even if you have a fenced garden. If you can't bring your pet inside because they live in a hutch, think about covering it with something like a piece of carpet to block out some of the noise. Keep your cats inside.
If you have a dog, keep it on a lead if you are taking it for a walk. If your dog is timid or scared, or if he tends to love people a little too much, put him in a separate room away from the front door. This will limit his excitement, aggression or chance of running outside and getting lost or injured.
Reassure your pets but don't overdo it. Keep calm. If they seem to feel unsettled by fireworks, just act as normally as possible. By over-reassuring your pet or giving it extra attention, you inadvertently can communicate to it that there must be something to worry about.  

Turn the TV on and turn the sound up.

You can make a den for your pet or add extra bedding for hamsters, rabbits or guinea pigs to burrow into.
Check your pet is chipped or is wearing an ID Tag. Be sure identification tags are secure on your pet’s collar-just in case.   

For more information visit http://www.minstervets.co.uk/

Kaboom will be launching a giant firework at the end of its display, will be visible from up to seven miles away on a clear night.

Mark Brayshaw, from Rockin’ Horse Promotions, organisers of Kaboom commented: “Our theme for Kaboom this year is Science Fiction and Superheroes, so we wanted to end the show with the Superhero of the firework world. This rocket, developed in China, represents the most advanced pyrotechnics available to us.

“It will blast into the skies and explode with a sonic boom. Watching crowds can also experience its effect in 3D. By wearing special glasses designed to refract light at this year’s show, the audience will feel like they are in the middle of the firework as it showers above them."

Tickets must be purchased in advance via www.kaboomyork.com or at the Visit York Information Centre, Museum Street, York.


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