FIRE WORKS ARE DANGEROUS
Dogs hear about four times the distance of a human with normal hearing. Cats’ ears are uniquely designed to draw sound into the ear canal, which enables them to hear sounds like a mouse rustling in the brush 30 feet away.
Their reaction to loud music and excessive noise is an instinctive act of self-protection.
Imagine wearing a hearing aid on full volume in front of a heavy metal band.
It is cruel to expose animals to loud noises such as fireworks. The noise they hear is so terrifying that they may go temporarily crazy.
They are often so badly affected that they run to escape the torture and become hopelessly lost. More dogs and cats go missing during fireworks displays than at any other time.
Fireworks are not suitable for residential areas for fire risk, personal injury and for the sake of pets. In any event massed fireworks are much more effective, so take your fireworks to the park and make a big display with everyone else. Leave pets safe at home in a quiet residential area.
They do not want to watch fireworks. All that they are aware of is a terrifying, insanely high-pitched noise which their brains are not able to cope with.
Here are a few pointers to make the fireworks season if not a happy time for your pet, then at least less terrifying Secure all fences, gates and doors. Keep your dog on a leash if you have to take it out of the yard.
If the dog or cat is a very bad case, ask your vet for calming medication and follow the prescription precisely.
Don’t get cross with your dog or cat for being scared, it will only make him more frightened.
Ignore the noises yourself and don’t try to soothe your frightened dog. He may get the impression that there is something to fear and it may even reward him for being scared. He may also think you are the only person who can soothe the fears and then he may panic if you are not around the next time he hears fireworks.
When he relaxes, pet him and give him a treat such as a small dog biscuit.
If your pet is so frightened that he cannot relax, put him in a quiet, familiar room, curtains and door closed, with his own bed or at least his blanket to burrow in. If he is to be in the room for more than an hour, give him water and make sure he has a toilet break immediately before and immediately after. Don’t forget, he is terrified and may make a mess. It’s not his fault.