How To Keep Your Pet Safe This Fireworks Season
Sun, April 18, 2021

How To Keep Your Pet Safe This Fireworks Season

Guy Fawkes Day was recently celebrated in the United Kingdom and in several countries that were formerly part of the British empire / Photo by: mulikov via 123RF

 

Guy Fawkes Day was recently celebrated in the United Kingdom and in several countries that were formerly part of the British empire. These celebrations were done with fireworks, bonfires, and parades. However, the colorful and loud merriment was not enjoyed by everyone as it also had a negative effect on some unfortunate souls. 

Metro UK, the United Kingdom's highest-circulation print newspaper, reported on their website that a dog owner shared that her dog went blind during a fireworks display. Margaret Adams, 85, revealed that Suzy, her pet Labrador, experienced extreme distress when the fireworks started that her eyes literally popped. 

“She always gets very stressed when they start [exploding the firecrackers] and she tried to climb the walls and go into a dark corner. I didn’t notice anything until the next day when her eyes looked different,” Adams shared in an interview. The pet owner is currently supporting the campaign to prevent the general public from having their own fireworks display and instead limit it to organized displays. 

The campaign is well-intended but we know that it is impossible to ban fireworks displays during the holidays, which is why it is the pet owners’ responsibility to keep their pets safe from the negative effects of fireworks and loud noises. Here are a few ways to do that.

 

Walk Them Frequently

“A tired dog is a well-behaved dog,” declared a spokesperson of health food for dogs brand Pooch & Mutt. Prima UK, an online portal that delivers real-life guidance, inspiration, and ideas for the women of today, mentioned that giving your pet regular exercise will be helpful when conditioning the behavior of dogs. Make sure that they have walked longer and are tired by the end of the day to make them immune to anxiety and shock from the fireworks that will be done at night.

Prima UK, an online portal that delivers real-life guidance, inspiration, and ideas for the women of today, mentioned that giving your pet regular exercise will be helpful when conditioning the behavior of dogs / Photo by: Vasyl Dolmatov via 123RF

 

Set Up a Hiding Place

Owners must make sure that their pets have somewhere to hide when the festivities start. This place can be the quietest spot in your house or where the furniture can muffle the loud noises from the fireworks. It is best to make the place where your pet loves to hang out most of the time their sanctuary from the loud noises. This way, they can go there whenever they are feeling afraid. 

Be sure to make this place as comfortable as possible for your pet. Avoid putting items that might hurt your pet if they go there. Pets might try to escape from their cage once the fireworks start or if they are not used to getting locked up, so avoid objects that might injure their nails or teeth while trying to get through it. 

An article published by Independent UK, a Russian-owned British newspaper, suggested that if your pets live outside, you can partly cover cages, pens, and aviaries with blankets so that there is one sound-proofed area. Also, provide extra bedding for smaller pets where they can burrow in. You can also consider bringing outdoor animals indoors. 

 

Play Distracting Music

To reduce the impact of the sound of fireworks, keep the TV or the radio on. Playing certain types of sounds that don’t have a repetitive beat or sudden noises can be very calming for most pets. Once the holiday festivities start, you can turn the music louder. But if you decide to have a party where you will use loud music, make sure that it will not disturb your pet. 

It is advisable to use classical music instead of other genres of music. Experts say this kind of music helps to make your pets calmer and more relaxed. Remember that your pets, especially dogs, have a more sensitive sense of hearing. Dogs can hear four times the distance than humans. They can also hear higher-pitched sounds at a frequency range of 67 to 45,000 Hz.

To reduce the impact of the sound of fireworks, keep the TV or the radio on. Playing certain types of sounds that don’t have a repetitive beat or sudden noises can be very calming for most pets / Photo by: Anutr Yossundara via 123RF

 

Try Natural Medications

There are several medications available in the market that can be helpful to keep your pet calm and relaxed. These supplements are filled with chamomile and lavender, which are safe for your pets to take, and it is advised that the pet owner must give these products to their dogs for at least a few days before the event. 

You can also consult your veterinarian about how to desensitize your pet. If you feel that your dog needs a prescribed anxiety medication, ask your vet about which kind of medicine will be a safe option. It must be done with proper conditioning. This means pet owners must make sure that the pet is in his calm state first before introducing any kind of medication. 

 

Prepare a Trip

If you think that none of the tips above will work for your pet because of their anxiety conditions, consider packing up and traveling with your pet. Or you can ask some friends or family members living away to take in your pet until the firework displays are finished in your area.

While we enjoy the holiday festivities, let us not forget that we also have a responsibility to make sure that our pets are safe and sound.