Fireworks

Fireworks

Many animals are terrified by firework displays.
Make sure your pet is micro-chipped and wearing an ID tag, and that your contact details are up to date on the microchip register, in case they accidentally escape.

  • Dogs and horses, in particular, may try to run away, sometimes injuring themselves in the process.
  • Many of these dogs can end up several kilometres from home.
  • Dogs have been known to jump through plate glass windows to escape loud noises, and  jump over/dig under fences that would normally contain them.

What can I do for my dog?

  • Prepare early (check out Schedule of Fireworks in Western Australia).
  • Talk to your vet about treatment options for managing noise phobias.
  • Take your dog out for exercise before the fireworks then feed them—a tired and well-fed dog will be less anxious during the night.
  • Let your dog be with you (or someone responsible) and try to be calm and normal.
    • Avoid fussing over your pet excessively but try to engage them in normal activities such as playing.
    • Reward your dog for their calm behaviour.
    • Close the blinds/curtains, create a safe, comfortable hiding place—put on some music/TV to help mask the noise outside, and distract your dog with games and food.
  • Dogs who panic can choke themselves on a collar or lead, so never tether your dog during these times and never use a choke chain to restrain your dog.

What about cats, rabbits and other pets?

  • Cats should be kept indoors during fireworks displays.
    • Most cats will find somewhere safe to hide and will usually venture out when the noise stops.
    • Make sure you cat is microchipped and your details are up to date on the microchip register in case they wander and become lost.
  • Rabbits and other small animals like guinea pigs should be safely housed during the fireworks display.
  • Horses are particularly vulnerable to bolting when exposed to fireworks.
    • If possible they should be securely stabled, or relocated away from the fireworks display.
    • Remove any sharp objects that might injure a panicking animal.
    • Cover stable windows to hide the sight of the fireworks and dim the noise.
    • Make sure you supply plenty of food and water.

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