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13th October 2011

Remember, Remember, your Pet in November

With November drawing near pet owners are being warned to take extra care of their pets as people prepare to celebrate Guy Fawkes and Hindu Festival, Diwali with fireworks.

Petplan, the UK's largest pet insurance provider, receives claims each year relating to injuries caused by the loud bangs and bright light.

Petplan Vet of the Year Brain Faulkner says, "Injuries to pets due to fireworks are usually caused as a result of their panic – either running away or being damaged in an attempt to escape the noise and flashes."

"Pets have become accustomed to a comparatively quiet life and any change in that routine may affect them. The effect of loud bangs, explosions and flashing lights from fireworks can be sufficiently distressing and cause long-term behavioural problems, and in some cases leave them with an ongoing sensitivity towards noise."

An estimated 60 per cent of all pets become stressed as fireworks are let off, so it is worth considering what you can do to ensure your pets are safe and happy as Fireworks Night approaches.

Find out from neighbours and your local council what plans they have for fireworks celebrations. As it is predominantly the noise of the fireworks that frightens animals, ensure that your pet is kept inside, with the doors and windows closed and the television or radio on in the background to help provide an effective cover to muffle the sound of the celebrations.

It is also important to stay calm and act normally rather than fretting and fussing if your pet becomes distressed. However if they do, ensure that you have created a retreat, where your pet can hide, in a quiet place filled with treats and toys. If you have a particularly nervous pet then it is worth talking to your vet about any other measures that could be taken to keep them calm.

To find out more top tips from Brian Faulkner, Petplan's Vet of the Year, about how to protect your pet during firework season visit www.petplan.co.uk/fireworks.

To find out more about Petplan visit www.petplan.co.uk.

Notes to editors

Petplan is the largest pet insurance provider in the world, offering comprehensive lifetime pet insurance cover for dogs, cats and rabbits.

Established more than 30 years ago, it is part of Allianz Insurance, one of the largest general insurers in the UK.

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