Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Fireworks Petrify Pets and Spook Stock

Fireworks Petrify Pets and Spook Stock

Dr Cath Watson, the president of the New Zealand Veterinary Association’s (NZVA) Companion Animal Society is encouraging the public to consider the welfare of their animals this Guy Fawkes Night while enjoying the festivities.

“Harming and terrifying animals is not only illegal, it is unethical, unkind and wrong. Fireworks go on sale tomorrow and veterinarians are concerned about the injuries and terror that fireworks cause to animals,”

“Every year animals are brought into clinics with unnecessary and often very painful injuries and trauma, either directly or indirectly related to fireworks,” she said.

Of course veterinarians, like everyone else, love to see well-managed firework displays, but we are concerned at the damage this can do to animals, both physically and psychologically. Every year our members have to deal with situations related to the inappropriate or thoughtless use of fireworks around animals.

One such example is as horse which needed to be put to sleep after it spent the night stuck in a barbed wire fence after attempting to escape the sound of fireworks from nearby houses.
In another situation a dog was so traumatised that it ran from fireworks until the pads on its feet were worn out.

“The bottom line is - animal welfare matters. Keep your pets and stock safe this Guy Fawkes, and if you are planning a fireworks party, give some consideration to your neighbours and their animals” Dr Cath Watson said.

Keep companion animals indoors
The NZVA recommends that companion animals, like cats and dogs, should be kept inside, preferably with curtains drawn and windows closed. Turning on the radio or television can create a familiar sound, and can drown some of the fireworks noises out. If dogs or cats hide under beds, leave them there until the fireworks finish – they feel safe under that bed.

Farmers should keep stock clear of known fireworks venues
Farmers might want to check paddock fences are secure so frightened stock can’t escape, and they could move stock away from locations where fireworks might be ignited before Guy Fawkes.

Microchip your pets
And, just in case your pet does run away, think seriously about getting your pets microchipped and registered. More than 80% of homeless cats found with microchips after the Canterbury earthquakes were reunited with their families. Yet, only 15% of unchipped cats were identified and returned to their owners.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Review - A Girl Named Mo

Moana Ete brought her three-piece band A Girl Named Mo to Wellington's intimate and iconic Bats Theatre last week for a five-night residency. Each show was recorded and filmed live for the release of her debut album 'Platonic/Romantic' on Loop records later this year. More>>

For The Birds: Who Will Be Crowned Bird Of The Year?

The competition involves well-known and enthusiastic New Zealanders acting as ‘campaign managers’ for their favourite birds with many going to great lengths to get New Zealanders to vote for their chosen bird... More>>


  • Greening the Red Zone - Bird of the year heats up: kōtare concedes, backs kea
  • Image Out-Link - Giselle Clarkson on Twitter
  • Gordon Campbell: On Bob Dylan's Nobel (And The Surplus)

    So Bob Dylan has just won the Nobel Prize for… Literature? Wow. I’d be just as happy if he’d won for his work on particle physics (“One Grain of Sand”, “Simple Twist of Fate”) or got the Economics prize for his work on the theory of contracting (“Don’t Think Twice Its Alright”) ... More>>


    Scoop Review Of Books: Whose Goat Was That?

    Mysterious Mysteries of Aro Valley is a sharp, satirical and sometimes downright scary romp through and around that valley in ways that made me question the realities of the places I thought I knew so well. More>>


    NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

    Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


    Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

    Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news