Shock and awe time for animals

HALLOWEEN is getting more and more like Christmas as it seems to start a little bit earlier each succeeding year.

HALLOWEEN is getting more and more like Christmas as it seems to start a little bit earlier each succeeding year.

Certainly in some areas of Offaly, September 2011 was still in full bloom when the arrival of the season of fireworks and ‘bangers’ was heralded by the sound of an occasional explosion here or there.

The Offaly SPCA feel, however, that there could be a bright side to this. The gradual approach should serve as an early warning system for domestic pets and their owners and it could provide time for nervous dogs to become acclimatised before they are hit by the shock and awe of activity during the holiday weekend.

Some dogs, of course simply ignore this pointless pollution of the airwaves but some can be greatly distressed – literally stricken with panic.

For them, human company probably is the best antidote. In cases where dogs have to be left alone during the critical period, the recommendation is that they be secured indoors, with windows closed and curtains drawn.

Leaving a television or radio on may provide additional insulation from all the frightening cracks, bangs and wallops.

Ideally, of course, the solution would be for the fire-working enthusiasts to be more careful about where and when they conduct their thrill-seeking activities and that might have the added advantage of keeping them on the right side of the law.