For the majority of pet owners across New Zealand, the start of November and the celebration of Guy Fawkes can be a stressful time

Kiwis rank the second highest in pet ownership per capita across the globe, beaten only by the US, with 4.6 million domestic cat or dogs calling New Zealand home last year.

The startling sights and sporadic bursts of sound that come with fireworks can be very frightening

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The night and days surrounding Guy Fawkes has seen numerous organisations such as the veterinary association and Wellington SPCA call for the stop of public fireworks sales.

Dr Warren Stroud from Animates Vetcare says the startling sights and sporadic bursts of sound that come with fireworks can be very frightening for any animal so it's important to take some preventative measures.

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"For example it's an animal's natural instinct to hide, so getting them inside and creating a 'den' of favourite blankets, beds and toys will help them feel safe"

Here are some further top tips to help reduce the stress in your household during Guy Fawkes:
Walk your dog earlier in the evening to tire them out.

Keep your pets inside with their bed, favourite toys and the curtains closed.

Feed them before the fireworks start; a full stomach should help them relax and make them sleepy.

Turn on music or the TV to disguise the noise.

Keep your feline friend inside by keeping their cat door locked.

Ensure your pet is microchipped, has a collar and ID tag, in case they run from your property when they are scared.

For small pets and birds partially cover their cages or enclosures with a blanket.