Keep­ing An­i­mals Safe Dur­ing Fire­works

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Our Ex­pert Shares In­for­ma­tion That Could Save Your An­i­mal’s Life

Cel­e­bra­tions, such as Hal­loween, and fire­works go hand in hand, but for many an­i­mals, t he loud noises t hat ac­com­pany such dis­plays are noth­ing to cel­e­brate. Fire­works can be fright­en­ing for an­i­mals and many be­come in­jured try­ing to es­cape the ter­ri­fy­ing sounds.

If you are lucky enough to live with a com­pan­ion an­i­mal, you have a duty to en­sure that they feel safe dur­ing fire­works dis­plays. Here are some ways to make t hem feel safe and help t hem to feel com­fort­able:

Stay Home If this is the first time your dog ( or other pet) has ex­pe­ri­enced fire­works since com­ing into your care, or it t hey have dis­played signs of dis­tress around loud noises, just stay home. If t his is not an op­tion, ar­range for a pet sit­ter they trust to care for them for the night.

Se­cure Them Even if t hey have not been both­ered by fire­works be­fore, make sure t hey are in a safe and se­cure lo­ca­tion, ideally in­doors where t hey feel com­fort­able.

Never Tether A fright­ened an­i­mal can be­come en­tan­gled and se­verely in­jure them­selves when re­strained by a rope or chain. Choke ( or check) chains, prong col­lars, and de­vices such as e- col­lars or shock col­lars are es­pe­cially dan­ger­ous and should be avoided at all times.

ID Tags Make sure t hey are wear­ing an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tag t hat is clearly vis­i­ble and leg­i­ble with up to date con­tact de­tails in case t hey hap­pen to flee. Con­sider hav­ing your pet mi­crochipped, t his is a safe way to en­sure your an­i­mal friends can be re­turned home safely if t hey wan­der off.

Fa­mil­iar­ize Them Work with t hem to show them they’ re safe. Ex­pose them to au­dio record­ings of fire­works be­fore the real deal to teach them the noises are noth­ing to be afraid of. Let them know that you are not wor­ried by talk­ing in a nor­mal tone and act­ing as you would nor­mally act. Start t he au­dio at a low vol­ume and take a break if t hey seem dis­tressed.

Keep Your Cool If they are freak­ing out, re­main calm and col­lected. If t hey see you act­ing anxious or scared, this will only up­set them fur­ther. Of­fer your com­fort and sup­port. You can­not take away t heir fear but you can re­in­force the fact that you’ re there for them when they’ re scared.

There are other op­tions for an­i­mals who have trou­ble get­ting over t heir fear of fire­works. Some pets re­spond well to “t hun­der­shirts,” which work sim­i­larly to swad­dles used for hu­man ba­bies. There are also med­i­ca­tions that can as­sist them in deal­ing with t heir height­ened emo­tions dur­ing fright­en­ing events. If you have tried ev­ery­thing to help your furry fam­ily mem­ber cope and t hey still seem dis­tressed by fire­works or other loud noises, talk to a vet­eri­nar­ian who can help with pos­i­tive be­hav­ioral train­ing. Fire­works don’t have to be scary, es­pe­cially when your an­i­mal friends have an awe­some hu­man on t heir side!

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