Horse owners should ‘plan ahead’ in fireworks night preparations

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Equine insurance policyholders have been advised to take the necessary precautions in order to try and keep their horse safe and happy during the stressful fireworks night coming up next month.

November is a typically fraught time for pets in the UK as many people celebrate Guy Fawkes night with a firework display which is often frightening for animals. However, the Blue Cross says precautions can be taken to help prevent undue stress.

Blue Cross equine centre manager Kath Urwin said the noisy and bright lights of the explosives can cause sudden and shocking changes to an animal's environment so owners must ensure they remain as normal as possible around their horses.

"Owners should try to plan ahead to keep their their animals safe during fireworks season, monitor their behaviour and stay calm," she added.

Last week, the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals called on the UK government to tighten its laws on the sale and use of fireworks.

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