Lisburn City Council’s Dog Warden Service and Council Vets would like to remind all pet owners that as Halloween approaches special care needs to be taken to ensure that their pets are protected from the stress and anxiety that is caused by fireworks.
Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, Councillor Jenny Palmer, explains: “The Dog Warden Service would receive as much as a 30% increase in lost dog complaints during the Halloween period with family pets found miles from their homes. The Council wants you to enjoy Halloween, but make sure your pets do too. You can take simple precautions to ensure that every member of your family has a safe and enjoyable time.”
Keep your pets indoors when fireworks are around; Close the curtains and turn on the radio or television to help drown out the noise; If you have a very nervous dog speak to your vet he may be able to give it a sedative to help it relax; Ensure your dog is wearing appropriate identification to allow prompt return to its home should it be found by a member of the public or dog warden; Keep your pets in a secure place in your home especially if you are giving out sweets to trick-or-treaters.