Tips to help you and your pets during the fireworks!
NYE is just around the corner; perhaps you are gearing up to celebrate the end of 2020 and watch spectacular fireworks across Dubai. Some of you may even be living quite close to watch the fireworks from the comfort of your home. But what does this mean for our furry ones? Will they enjoy it too?
Many pets including animals on the streets or in the wild are terrified of the sound and even the sight of fireworks. Some will try to escape while the others will hide, whine and display other behaviors. Fireworks can cause stress, anxiety, and even aggression in pets. Every year thousands of pets will suffer because of fireworks being let off. Animals have very acute hearing. Loud bangs and whistles may cause them actual pain in their ears.
Here are our top tips for managing your pets during the fireworks:
- Always keep dogs and cats inside when fireworks are being let off
- Make sure your dog is walked earlier in the day before the fireworks start
- If you live in a villa or townhouse ensure dogs are wearing some form of easily readable identification (ID) – even in the house. they should have at least a collar and tag. This way if they have managed to escape, they can potentially be found.
- Prepare a safe place for your pet where it can feel safe and comfortable – perhaps under a bed with some of your old clothes, a crate etc. They may like to hide there when the fireworks start.
- Avoid leaving your pet alone during such potentially upsetting events. If you do have to leave the house, don’t get angry with your pet if you find they have been destructive or toileted after being left on its own. Shouting at a frightened pet will only make them more stressed.
- Never take your dog to a fireworks display. Even if they don’t bark or whimper at the noise, it doesn’t mean they are happy. Excessive panting and yawning can indicate that your dog is stressed.
- Stay calm, act normally, and give lots of praise for calm behaviour. It’s OK to cuddle and comfort your pet if it helps them relax, but if they prefer to hide under your bed, then let them do this instead. Remember that you can’t reinforce fear so don’t be afraid to comfort your furry ones if they need it.
- The sudden bang of fireworks can be masked by keeping a radio or TV on, which can reduce the impact noises may have on your pet. Classical music will help to calm dogs and cats in general, and music with quite a h4 bass will be ideal for masking bangs when played at a volume that your dog is happy with.
- Don’t confine your pet to one room as they may hurt themselves trying to get out, particularly if they become stressed. Some of them may also be most comfortable curled up in their usual spot with you rather than a designated ‘safe place’, so allow them access to all safe areas of the house. Give them choices and see what they choose.
- Provide dogs with a long-lasting chew to help keep them distracted
While these are things you can do to calm your pets during fireworks, getting your furry ones used to loud sounds can be a better long-term solution. By gradually desensitizing your dog to loud noises over a period of time, you can teach them to associate these sounds with something positive, instead of something to be scared of.
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