Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Year fireworks: 10 useful ways to protect your pets

During festive periods, people have to be extra careful with their pets when fireworks are on.

Pets are usually very scared of them; they tend to run away and, in the most sensible cases, they might as well get hurt or get panic attacks {Have you ever had a panic attack? it's not a nice feeling..}

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Animals in general, have a different perception of the sound and their hearing, especially dogs, is superior compared to the human one - so, when thousands of fireworks are exploding in the sky, it is easy to imagine why they get so stressed and anxious.

The following are some very practical suggestions that can help you deal with this situation and also help your pets:

1. Keep your pets inside the house: many people keep their pets in their garden, but in this case it is easier for them to stay inside the house as rumours are muffled and they will also feel safe;

2. Keep windows and doors closed and have the TV sound on, this will help keeping a normal environment in the house;

3. Make sure they have a nice and comfy place to rest or hide: if they are scared and are hiding (under the table or some furniture), please leave them there - they are  clearly feeling safer in the place they've chosen;

4. Act normally: don't over fuss your pet or they will understand that something is not normal or right ;)

5. Walk your dog out before the fireworks start {this should be normal, but never the less it's better to specify};

6. If you know that your pet has problems and has already got very much scared in the past (or had panic attacks), visit your vet: he will know what to give you  - do not use homemade solutions, always refer to professional advice;

7. If you can't keep your pet inside the house, please make sure you add a tag to the collar with all relevant details: name, phone number, address and eventually also the vet phone number.

8. Do not bring them near the fireworks - it is better not to leave them alone, but if you are playing with fireworks do not bring them with you.

9. If you have a balcony, make sure they are not there ( unfortunately, cats tend to jump off balconies when they are scared :( )

10. If you have a pet that is extremely affected by fireworks, please visit a vet and ask info about available methods and therapies for your pet, in order to find a long term solution {for the future}.

I sincerely hope I helped you a little!

Happy New year :)

Until next time,

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