Classic FM has announced that back by popular demand, after last year’s huge success, they will be dedicating another two ‘Special’ shows for your pets.
We here at Epic are all animal lovers and were happy to hear about them repeating the show they did around the same time last year. We are all aware that without a little consideration fireworks can be distressing to pets, so the Classic FM in association with the R.S.P.C.A has taken the steps to put together a chilled out show for Rover, presented by ex-BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull.
Especially put together to drown out any loud bangs and hopefully chilling out the animals, “Pets Sounds” as the program is known will air at 7pm on the 2nd of November then again at 7pm on Tuesday the 5th. The shows will feature calming sounds including dog and cat related tracks.
When asked if this worked last year, Bill, who has 3 Labradors, seemed to think that it did, and whilst pretty pooches Nina (12), Bonnie (9) & Lola (just 1-year-old) declined to comment, they did enjoy the show and seemed pretty relaxed throughout. The Broadcast lasts for around two hours and should hopefully drown out the worst of the noise.
I expect the show to feature tracks by Beethoven, (after the film of the same name) Pooch(ini) and Bark (Bach).
If you can come up with some more pet-related composers, we might have missed please let us know, the worse the better!
FORD TECHNOLOGY IN DEVELOPMENT TO PROTECT YOUR POOCH
It can come as no surprise when I say that almost 50% of all domestic animals, especially dogs, are petrified of loud noises, particularly fireworks. Dog specialist Graeme Hall has been given the pseudonym ‘The Dogfather’ and he highlights that dogs can hear sounds four times further away and sounds too much higher frequencies than the human ear so just because you can’t hear the pyrotechnics, your dog may still be able to.
The technicians at Ford have created microphones inside a specially designed ‘noise cancelling kennel’ which detects firework sounds and changes the frequency inside the kennel to an opposite tone/sound and it also protects the dog against loud bangs or vibrations caused by fireworks cancelling them out.
The original noise cancelling tech is used in the high range vehicles in the Ford range already so the transfer and development of this into something which can genuinely reduce the suffering of pets, can only be a good thing.
If you want more information on how to keep your pet safe and secure around fireworks until this technology becomes available, please check out our blog for full details.
Every year, as we approach Bonfire Night as a responsible Firework supplier that the impact on small animals should be addressed before the season starts.
There are a series of simple steps we can all take to help smaller animals and pets stay safe and reduce their anxiety. Here are a few suggestions, as suggested by the RSPCA and Blue Cross animal charities:
• Keep cats and dogs inside
• Under no circumstances should you leave your pet tied up outside or take them along to a display – this is cruel and unnecessary
• Don’t leave your pet alone for too long
• Give them more bedding to burrow in – they will feel more secure
• Bring cages/hutches indoors – into a quiet room, shed or garage. If this is not feasible, cover their cages over or turn them into a wall if they face the garden
• Cover any aviaries/hutches with thick blankets or a duvet to block the sound of the fireworks out
• Make sure you walk your dog early doors – bear in mind that from darkness falling, there will be any number of fireworks around so you will reduce your dog’s stress levels
• Close all curtains, doors and close any cat/dog flaps to stop pets escaping to avoid the noise – they may disappear for good
• If your pet is used to having the noise of the TV, radio or music around, put them on to drown out some of the firework sounds
• Prepare a den perhaps under your bed with some old clothes and their favourite toys – it will help to keep them calm
• Let your dog/cat pace, whine, miaow or bark – if you try to comfort them, you may add to their distress
There have also been incidences over the last few years where horses have bolted, and in some cases, received serious injury. Again, you should plan ahead:
• Check if there are any firework events planned nearby
• Let organisers know if you have horses stabled in the immediate area to ensure that they set up as far from the field as possible
• Check what time the fireworks are due to start – this is at least the point you can ensure your equine friends are stabled if that is the direction you plan to go
• Check fencing is secure and there is nothing lying in the paddock which could cause injury
• Decide whether your horse (and only you know how they are likely to react) will need to be in the stable or out in the field
• If you are putting your horse in the stables, put a radio on to drown out some of the noise and leave it as well lit as possible (this helps to disguise the flashes from the pyrotechnics which can also frighten horses/pets)
• Check your insurance is up to date as you may be held liable for damage caused in the event your horse escapes.
Above all, remember that Bonfire Night is meant to be fun and has been part of the culture for over 400 years so let’s try to keep it safe for everyone including all our pets and of course ourselves.