Remember, remember, to keep pets safe on the 5th of November

30 October 2018

With Guy Fawkes Night just round the corner, Co-op Insurance is urging pet owners to make the appropriate plans to keep their dogs and cats safe.

The insurer has revealed that over two fifths (44%)¹ of pet insurance claims in November 2017 were made in the week following Bonfire Night, with the average claim costing £589.

Whilst Bonfire Night is a time for family and friends to come together, it can also be a stressful and traumatic period for pets.

There are approximately 16 million cats and dogs in the UK and it’s evident that noises and flashes associated with firework displays can cause pets to react with distressed and anxious behaviour.

David Hampson, Head of Pet Insurance at Co-op said:

"Bonfire Night displays are no longer just on one night. The peak in claims the following week is an important reminder that pet owners need to remember how stressful it can be around this time.

"For most pets it’s an anxious time, so their safety and comfort needs to be a priority. With this in mind, we’ve come up with some simple tips to keep pets safe in the run up to, and on the 5th November."

5 tips to keep pets safe ahead of Bonfire Night

  • Keep cats and dogs inside for the evening and create a safe spot for them to hide if they want to such as behind a sofa or under a bed
  • Close windows and curtains to muffle noises and hide flashing lights, which may cause distress and if possible play music or have a TV on, to help to distract and reassure your pet
  • Pick up any firework and bonfire debris and don’t leave bonfire treats such as toffee apples and treacle toffee lying around, as these can be harmful
  • Walk your dog during daylight hours when fireworks are less likely to go off
  • Don’t forget firework events won’t just be on 5th November, so be prepared from the start of the month, especially on weekends. Displays often start early for some, and finish late for others, so you need to ensure your pet will be looked after for a long evening

Notes to Editors

¹According to Co-op claims data from 2017

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