Humans are fascinated by fireworks, but these fireworks can be disturbing and terrifying to animals. We should take care of our surroundings and ensure our enjoyment is not the cause of distress to others. Many people love the booming sounds and flashing lights of fireworks, but do you know that animals are petrified by those fireworks?
Fireworks can be dangerous to animals and humans too. Many pets are so scared by the noise and disturbance of the fireworks that they end up running away from their familiar surroundings, ultimately becoming lost.
Here are a few tips that can be followed for keeping your pets safe and secure during such loud festivals:
- Keep your pets away from fireworks:
Animals are delicate and sensitive to loud noises, tremendous flashing of lights, and a powerful pungent smell. On this type of festive occasion, people are more likely to burn firecrackers. The best you can do is to keep your pets inside your house with some sort of soft noises as this will help them to relax. If you’re planning to go outside, then make sure that your pet is not left behind unattended and tie the leash.
- Consult a vet, the pet is scared:
If you notice that your pet is scared during fireworks, immediately consult your vet. Medicines and techniques can be prescribed, which will decrease your pet’s anxiety. My suggestion is to prepare your pet before the festivals arrive by letting them hear loud music to practice coping with loud noises.
- Protecting your pets from Heat strokes:
These types of loud festivals usually occur during summer, when there is a high chance of heatstroke. These celebrations are loud, and they produce more heat. High temperatures may risk the health of your pet, which can be deadly. Keep your pets under constant watch. If you observe any symptoms of heatstroke, act wisely and immediately take your pet to the vet.
Never leave your pet in a parked car. The temperature outside might be comfortable, but in an enclosed place, the temperature will rise. This could be threatening the life of your pet. The hot pavement on the ground is dangerous for your pets to walk on, too.
- Safeguard your pet with a collar and ID:
Even if your pets are staying indoors, always have them wear a collar with ID tags. Indoor pets can get scared during fireworks and attempt severe steps like running out of the house to escape loud noises.
For proper tracking, you can use micro-chipping to locate your pet. If your pet is lost, contact local animal control and shelters immediately. If you find a lost pet, then take it to the address given on the ID or take them to the local shelter. This might help the pet reunite with their families.
- Create a safe space:
Make a small room in your house where the windows are closed tightly and close the curtains so that no light enters the room. Fill up the room with your pet’s favorite toys, items, and games. Play soothing light music and provide comforting blankets.
- Calm your pet:
You can diffuse essential oils or sprays in the room to calm your pet. Edible chews can also be given as this reduces stress by releasing hormones that can calm them. You can take your dogs for a long walk or have an extra vigorous play session to help them settle down in the safe space before the fireworks start.
- Leftover firecrackers are harmful:
When taking your dogs outside the day after the fireworks, be aware of leftover firecracker items lying in the streets, which can be harmful. If lighter fluids, citronella candles, and other harmful compositions are swallowed or smelled, they might be dangerous. Health hazards can lead to gastrointestinal distress, depression of the central nervous system, pneumonia, and other breathing problems. The bladder of your cat can be swollen, leading to narrowing of the urethra, especially in males. If your cat is not eating or not urinating, immediately take him/ her to the veterinarian.
- Distract your pets:
Indulge your pets in something enjoyable like playing games, watching shows, listening to soothing music, comforting them with hugs, training them to clean up their toys, and so on. These types of things can be distracting from the loud noises of the fireworks. If you have a soundproof room, it will be a great option since you don’t need to worry about the noise.
- Post firework preparation:
After the fireworks are over, do a thorough cleaning of your backyard before taking your pet outside. Even if you haven’t done any fireworks, check for their safety and remove all debris. If you hosted a party, then check your home and yard for food scraps or items that can be dangerous to pets, such as skewers.
While enjoying bursting fireworks, humans cause headaches for the innocent little pets, and this can be stressful to them. This stress may include trembling, an excessive amount of drooling, barking, trying to hide, running outside of the house, or refusing to eat. In prolonged stress, animals might lose bladder or bowel control or even experience diarrhea.
The number of lost pets is increasing during these festivals. There is also an increase in the loss of animals’ lives due to bursting firecrackers. If you see any of your local stray animals suffering during these festive occasions, please help them with proper measures. If the situation is serious, take them to a vet clinic.
Many people just neglect the fact that bursting firecrackers can be life-threatening and harmful to animals. The smoke emitted can be nauseous and cause a loss of appetite too. I would like to advise my fellow friends to please avoid firecrackers. It is harmful to both of us. We should make this world a better place for all living beings. Don’t be selfish for that happiness if it leads to sacrificing the life of such innocent and pure souls.