Pet owners are being reminded to keep their pets safe ahead of
this year's Bonfire Night after Petlog revealed there was a large
increase in lost and found pet calls to its emergency line on Guy
Fawkes night last year.
On November 5th2012, Petlog, the UK's largest database for
microchipped pets, received a 40% increase in the number of calls
reporting pets as either missing by pet owners, or found by vets,
welfare organisations or dog wardens compared to the daily average
It will be no surprise to learn of the increase as the loud
noises associated with fireworks are well known to spook pets. We
are reminded each year to keep pets safe inside, but still some
pets unfortunately go missing. Petlog wants to ensure that pet
owners are well informed about what they can do to prevent their
pet from straying and what course of action they need to take if
the worst does happen.
Celia Walsom, Petlog Executive commented: "Each year we see a
spike of activity on and around the 5thNovember so we want to help
pet owners prepare thoroughly for bonfire night this year. This
November we will be sharing tips with our customers about keeping
their pets safe, such as walking dogs through daylight hours only,
keeping the house secure at all times, putting on the TV or music
for pets in the evening, not fussing over pets when the fireworks
begin, and more through our social media channels.
"Most importantly we will also be reminding the owners of
microchipped pets to make sure their contact details are up to date
on their pet's microchip record."
Petlog has its own Facebook page which aims to engage with the
pet community, even helping to reunite pets this way. Anyone is
welcome to join this group, whether they have pets registered on
Petlog or not - the wider the community, the more people to help
find missing pets. https://www.facebook.com/Petloglostfound
Barry Brackner of Orchard Vets said: "It's not surprising that
November 5this so busy - it can be a scary time for pets as they
are not used to the loud bangs and have no idea why it's happening.
We often see a rise in the number of lost pets brought in to us
around this time.
"If a pet is chipped and their contact details are up to date,
it makes our job of reuniting the pet and owner much easier, and a
quicker reunification is better for the pet and owner too. However,
we would prefer not to see a lost pet in the first place and so we
urge everyone to make sure their pets are safe and happy indoors
during the evenings around Bonfire Night."
If your pet is not already microchipped, speak to your vet and
ask that your pet is microchipped and registered with Petlog. To
find out more about Petlog, Petlog Premium and advice on how to
keep pets safe, visit www.petlog.org.uk/.