Fireworks & Your Pet, The Do’s and Don’ts
Safeguard Your Pet from Fireworks this New Years!
Why don’t dogs like fireworks?
Fireworks always mark celebration. Across the globe it is considered a tradition to light fireworks at the start of a new year. Fireworks are beautiful and exciting for most, but it is important to consider the impact they have on pets. Explosives give dogs anxiety. Dogs have a more acute sense of hearing than humans, so the noise from all the whistles and booms are more abrasive to dogs than humans. It is also important to consider the impact fireworks have on veterans and their emotional support animals, it may be upsetting to both.
How can I keep my pet safe and still have a firework display?
If you plan to light fireworks this year, go somewhere safe and secluded. Ensure that you are far away from residential neighborhoods and large wooded areas. This ensures that there are no firework accidents involving any inhabited space or the environment. Be sure to leave your pet at home. Normally, dogs love big open fields, but pay attention to the way your dog hides in a small space during a thunderstorm. They will want to do the same when there are fireworks and if you bring them with you, they will not be able to. It will be safe and less stressful to leave your furry friend at home.
How can I keep my pet calm during other people’s firework displays?
If you are a pet owner and are concerned about the effect your neighbors fireworks will have on your pet, consider a thunder jacket. It is essentially a weighted blanket for your dog. They are proven to reduce anxiety in dogs by providing a gentle, constant pressure, similar to a hug. Dogs seek pressure and warmth to feel secure. In the wild, they would find this comfort from a pack. Since your pet is domesticated, it is your responsibility to make sure that your pet feels protected and calm. With lots of new people and larger gatherings than they are used to during the year, the holidays have often proven to be stressful for animals. A thunder jacket will prove itself to be useful throughout the entire year.