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Fireworks — It’s That Time of Year Again—Protect Your Pet

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Dogs and cats become very fearful of sudden loud noises and bangs. This could develop into a phobia triggered by the sound of fireworks.  Dogs will tremble and cats will stare fearfully or seek shelter in a closet or under a bed.  There are a number of things that could be done to ease the situation.

  1. Keep your animals safe and keep them indoors. Cats should be locked inside and you should walk your dog and give him some exercise before the fireworks start. You should have your pets micro chipped so if they do try to escape, they could be scanned and brought back to you.
  2. Close all doors to keep the noises out. Close the curtains to help muffle the sounds and keep the light out.
  3. Try and stay with your pet and keep as relaxed as possible. Do not yell at your pet for barking or showing signs of stress. You will certainly add to the problem if you do! Don’t make a fuss over your pet. Dogs and cats are very intuitive, they will sense that something is wrong.
  4. Try to provide a hide away place like a den.  It should have lots of soft bedding and blankets for your dog and a nice comfortable cat bed for your cat. Blankets can help absorb the sound. Cats like to get up high and be out of the way. My cat climbs on top of the refrigerator.  If possible try to leave them in a hiding place. They are best left there if this is what they choose, but try to remain quietly nearby if you can. Being there and being relaxed is a great help.

You may miss the fireworks but think of the great thing you did by keeping your pet safe and calming his nerves!

Remember, your pets count!

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