Have you ever held a trembling dog in your arms on Bonfire Night? If you have, you'll understand just how terrifying fireworks can be.
The loud noises and unexpected flashes trigger dog's fight-or-flight response, and cause them to show signs of anxiety, such as restlessness, panting, pacing and whining.
According to theRSPCA, an estimated 45% of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks.
Even seemingly confident dogs can develop noise phobia and experience trauma from the unfamiliar sounds.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
This Bonfire Night, our sister site TeamDogs is asking the nation to swap their usual box of fireworks for an extra tin of dog food and donate it to a local rescue centre.
Ginger cockapoo Toffee is leading Toffee’s Appeal and he is really passionate about saving the nation’s dogs from terrifying bangs and flashes this year.
If, like Toffee, you want to make a difference to the lives of thousands of dogs, don’t buy fireworks for Bonfire Night. Pick up an extra tin of dog food and donate it to your local rescue shelter instead.
That way, dogs not as lucky as Toffee can have a treat instead of a fright.
Do us all a favour this Bonfire Night and #BeMoreToffee
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