The New Year is upon us which means celebrations in the form of Firework displays. While these events are fun for us humans, they can be downright terrifying for our pets. We urge pet caretakers to keep these tips in mind as we step into 2017!
- Do not, under any circumstances, bring your dog to a fireworks display.
- If you live near the location of a fireworks display, leave your pet inside and try using a white noise machine or playing soft music to help calm your pet and block the sounds of the fireworks.
- If your pet is particularly fearful of fireworks make every effort to stay inside with them.
- Be proactive and exercise your dog before the fireworks commence. A tired dog is less anxious.
- If you plan to stay inside with your pet, try to stay in a familiar environment.
- Be sure all pets, including indoor cats, wear current ID tags. Consider microchipping your pet if they are not already.
- You can also stuff a Kong or other work-to-eat toy with special treats for your dog to work on during the fireworks. This can also help your pet associate the scary noises with good things.
- Do not punish your pet during times of stress as this can only make the problem worse. It is perfectly acceptable, and advisable, to comfort your pet when they are fearful.
- If it is absolutely necessary to be outside with dogs during fireworks displays, ensure each dog is secure on a leash or harness.
Have a happy and safe New Year!
For more holiday pet tips visit www.la-spca.org/holidaypetsafety.