During fireworks, do you constantly worry about your lovable pets? Are you afraid that if you leave your pet alone in the home and you would find your pet unhappy after coming back to home, or even worse, dead because of too much of loud noises? During fireworks, you cannot ask for a peaceful firework but yes, you can do the best by comforting your pet. Here i am telling you some ways by which you can keep your pet safe during fireworks,
1. KNOW WHEN FIREWORKS WILL HAPPEN AND HOW THEY WILL IMPACT YOUR HOME :-
If you want to find out when fireworks will happen then contact municipality in your locality. Then mark that date on your calender so that you won’t forget and to know when you have to care for your pet. If you think that fireworks will also be heard at your house then take all the precautions. You must check if your pet’s micro chips and ID tags are in date as it will be much easier to find him if he runs away during fireworks. Fireworks can upset pet by noise, flashing lights and smell of sulfur.
2. PREPARE YOUR DOG :-
You must prepare your dog before fireworks so he won’t be that scared. You can prepare him for dealing with noise by exposing your pet to other sounds. Desensitization of noises will prevent a fear of loud noises. You can use a CD which sounds scary before the event of firework.
3. PREPARE YOUR HOUSE :-
During fireworks, your house becomes the safety z9ones for your pets so its important to prepare it as well. Keep some lights on as it will help to calm your pet and will make him feel more comfortable and secure instead of being in a closed dark room. Also, dampen the noise by closing the curtains in your room, if your pet is in a cage then cover the cage with a thick blanket but make sure that it is breathable enough, otherwise, your pet will feel suffocation, also this will helps those lights flashing on your pet. In order to drown out the fireworks’ noise, you can plan to use some familiar sounds such as turning the TV, music from a stereo are the familiar sounds which can actually soothe your pet.
4. PREPARE YOURSELF :-
Sometimes, we can transfer some of our angst to pets and upset them, when we want to ease the pain of our pet. If you have prepared everything properly then you don’t need to worry and feel upset as you can be sure about the safety of your pet. Remember that the frantic and startled reactions of your pet are often the main source of your tension but you should be ready for their reactions as it will help you to keep calm at that time.
5. CONFINE YOUR PET :-
Place your pet into a chosen room, just half an hour before the fireworks set off. If you are concerned about not finding your pet before the fireworks then you can consider finding him several hours earlier as cats are not always easy to find. If you have a dog and he needs to be walked then take him for a walk before fireworks set off. If you have ha caged pet then place him into a comfortable and secure room .
6. PROVIDE FOOD AND HYDRATION :-
When you leave your pet in a confine place then make sure to leave enough food and water as well. Most of the pets will feel frantic and uneasy so if he has access to water then it’ll calm him and also food supplied to him will make him feel like it is just another normal day.
6. KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR PET :-
During fireworks, you should keep an eye on your pet, and if possible stay with him. You can comfort him by talking, you should be friendly with him but do not fuss over her too much as this can increase his anxiety, if it is not possible to stay with him then the previous steps will definitely ensure that your lovable pet is appropriately cared for. You can also allow your pet to somewhere else in the room as it is their way of coping with something, you should not drag him back into that safe place as it will increase the level of their anxiety.
7. CHECK ON YOUR PET AFTER FIREWORKS :-
Remove all the protection if you are sure that the fireworks are over. You should let him to free run in your house in order to check how he behaves. Check the signs of stress in your pet :-
- For cats, stress signs include soiling the house, running away, refusing to eat and hiding away.
- For dogs, stress signs include running away, barking a lot, soiling the house, cowering, hiding, whimpering, shaking, panting and refusing to eat.
If your pet is stressed then you must keep him indoors for sometime, walk your dog after fireworks but do not let him off his harness, and make sure to stay with him whole time.