With fireworks season upon us, I am joining Blue Cross in urging the public to consider the devastating effect the bangs and flashes can have on pets and people, and to be considerate of their neighbours this Bonfire Night.

In the UK, 70 per cent of owners report their pets being affected, some being physically sick and too frightened to leave the house for days after the fireworks have stopped.

Please consider using low noise fireworks or sparklers this year in your back garden where possible, or give neighbours advance warning if you’re planning to set off fireworks for the sake of pets and people across the country who may struggle with them across the country.

Advice on how you can help prepare your pet for fireworks season and what to do if they are fearful on noisy nights is available from the charity’s website.

To find out more visit bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/ fireworks-and-pets

PAM FERRIS

Blue Cross rehoming ambassador