If you live somewhere that allows fireworks during New Year’s Eve, Halloween, or any other celebration, and you have pets, especially those scared of fireworks keep on reading. In this post, I am sharing some tips to help you calm your dog during fireworks.
Fireworks can cause many negative effects on pets, mainly because of the loud noise of the explosions. Loud noises can cause anxiety and scare animals.
Some cats and dogs run to try to hide under beds, inside of their crates, or anywhere they feel safe whenever they hear the noise of fireworks. They may also vomit, urinate, defecate, have increased salivation, panting, pacing, whining and increased heart rate. Some animals may become aggressive and bark, bite or run aimlessly.
Tips to Help You Calm a Dog That’s Scared of Fireworks
If you know your dog is anxious and scared whenever there are fireworks, try finding a safe place for them while there are fireworks. Find a small closet, or a bathroom and close the door. Play some loud music or talk to your dog to muffle the loud noise. Bring lots of treats, toys and make it fun.
Comfort your dog; touch can be very helpful. Stay close and let them know they are safe, and everything is o.k.
Using a dog appeasing pheromone diffuser before and during fireworks can be helpful, ask your vet for some brand suggestions. You can also get a calming collar for dogs, an easy to use anti-anxiety tool that uses lavender to help your dog relax and calm down.
In extreme cases, you may need to ask your vet for a tranquillizer. If you know your dog is extra sensitive and you fear for their wellbeing during fireworks, visit your vet ahead of time and ask for the best options.
Finally, never react aggressively when your pet is scared of firework noises. They are confused and afraid, and they need your help to feel secure and deal with the situation.
In Vancouver, fireworks will be completely banned by 2021, and I hope other provinces follow our steps. Some animals have even died from heart attacks related to stress and anxiety during fireworks, so fireworks are definitely not worth the unnecessary suffering they cause to some of our beloved pets.