Bonfire Night - Pets reunited

In the run-up to Bonfire night, Sainsbury’s Pet Insurance is reminding owners to take extra care of pets. The RSPCA estimates that 45 per cent of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. And micro-chipping database Petlog suggests as much as a 40% increase in the number of calls reporting pets as either missing by pet owners, or found by vets.

Sainsbury’s Bank’s research indicates that of those who have ever lost an animal, 21% said their lost pets were returned between two days and one week, and 14% were returned to their owners a week or more later. Heart-breakingly 28% of pets were never found or never came back.

Scott Gorman of Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance, said: “Pets are so much a part of our families that it’s devastating when one goes missing. We recommend people take extra care of their pets as Bonfire Night approaches. Make sure you walk and feed them before it gets dark and then keep them indoors before the fireworks go off.”

Local poster campaigns are the most likely way that owners will search for missing moggies and pooches (29%) – once a walk around the local area calling their pet’s name has been carried out (66%).

Sainsbury’s Bank offers the following advice for keeping pets safe over the fireworks season:

If possible, walk your dogs during daylight hours when the risk of firework noise is far lower Keep pets indoors as soon as the outdoor light starts to fade

Close the curtains and put on music to mask the sound of the fireworks If hosting a fireworks party at home, keep your pets in a room which is as far away from the noise as possible during the display, or perhaps, take them to a pet sitter.

If your pet is distressed don’t be tempted to constantly cuddle or comfort them, this could be seen as rewarding their fearful behaviour. Try to play with them as a distraction technique: buy a new toy or pet treats in advance of bonfire night. Reward them with pet treats when they settle down Make sure your pet is microchipped just in case they escape.

Pet-owners can benefit from optional ‘Safe Return’(2) cover with Sainsbury’s Pet Insurance, which provides benefits to owners whose pets go missing such as advertising and reward costs, money to recoup the amount paid for a lost or stolen pet, and boarding costs for pets whose owners suffer illness or injury necessitating a stay in hospital. Terms and conditions apply.

Sainsbury’s Pet Insurance is offering 12 months for nine(4) cover to new customers who buy online, and double Nectar points at Sainsbury’s(5) are available for those selecting a Premier or Premier Plus policy, and there is a minimum £24(6) discount when insuring more than one cat or dog.

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