Protecting Your Pets from New Year's Eve Fireworks
New Year's Eve is a time for celebration, but for many pets, it can be a time of anxiety and fear. Approximately half of all pets experience anxiety around sudden loud noises, and fireworks are a common trigger. Vet Nicole Rous warns that New Year's Eve can be particularly stressful for our furry friends, and it's essential to take precautions to keep them safe and comfortable.
Firework Phobias in Dogs
Firework phobias are prevalent among dogs, and many pet owners must resort to pharmaceutical drugs to help their pets cope. Dr Rous explains, "Many pet owners must use pharmaceutical drugs to help their pets cope through fireworks and stay home, avoiding social activities to look after their pets."
Fireworks can also have a detrimental impact on wildlife. Dr Rous highlights that "research has demonstrated that birds can fly erratically after hearing fireworks." Moreover, a recent research paper has shown a surge in heart rate and body temperature in animals exposed to fireworks, indicating high levels of stress.
Preparing Your Dog for New Year's Eve
After her own experience with a runaway dog on New Year's Eve several years ago, Dr Rous is adamant about the importance of preparing your pets for the big night. Fortunately, someone found her dog several kilometres away and returned it safely. To ensure your dog is ready for New Year's Eve, Dr Rous recommends the following:
Keep your dog indoors: This helps to minimise exposure to the loud noises of fireworks and reduces the risk of them escaping due to fear.
Do not punish anxious behaviour: It's essential to understand that your pet is experiencing fear, and punishing them for their anxiety will only make the situation worse. Instead, provide comfort and reassurance.
Update your pet's microchip information: In the unfortunate event that your pet does run away, having up-to-date microchip information can help ensure their safe return.
To help manage your pet's anxiety during fireworks, Shy Tiger offers a range of products designed for emotional care:
Soothe + Calm Day Spray: This spray is formulated with natural ingredients to help calm your pet's nerves during the day. It's easy to use and can be sprayed directly onto your pet's bedding or in their environment.
Soothe + Calm Night Serum: This serum is designed for nighttime use and contains a blend of calming essential oils. It can be applied directly to your pet's skin or bedding.
Soothe + Calm Day Diffuse: This diffuser releases a calming aroma into the environment, helping to reduce anxiety and stress in your pet.
By integrating these products into your pet care routine, you can help ensure a more comfortable and less stressful experience for your pet during fireworks or other anxiety-inducing events.
New Year's Eve can be an enjoyable time for everyone, including our pets, as long as we take the necessary precautions. By following Dr Rous's advice, you can help to ensure a safe and comfortable New Year's Eve for your furry family members.
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