VETS Now, the Scottish-based leading provider of pet emergency care across the UK, yesterday called for fireworks to be banned from public sale because of the effect they have on pets.

The Dunfermline-based vets are urging the Government to change the law amid concern that pets are being put at risk, especially around bonfire night.

Their calls come in the wake of Sainsbury’s decision to stop selling fireworks from all of its 2300 stores.

In a poll carried out by Vets Now, 96% of more than 7000 respondents said they would support tighter controls on fireworks while 73% said their pets were scared of the noise they create.

Amanda Boag, clinical director at Vets Now, said: “Fireworks can be hugely distressing for pets when they’re let off unexpectedly.

“We urgently need a review of fireworks regulations.”