For the 17th year in a row I go to write the same old advice about keeping pets safe at fireworks time.
It feels like fruitless lip-service because my direct experience every year is that pets are lost, injured or killed as a result of fireworks. And "fireworks season" runs for months past November 2 when they go on sale, until well past New Years Eve.
As pet detectives we look at all possibilities.
We zone in on possible search areas and behaviours of highest probability based on the animal, its nature and the circumstances of its loss.
You know your pet best. So, if he or she suddenly doesn’t turn up like clockwork for a meal - assume he is lost and act immediately.
A Poodle named Jack was lost for only a few minutes when his owners realised he was gone. They quickly started asking neighbours, searching up and down the street.