It’s Victoria Day on Monday–first long weekend of the year! Time for our annual reminder about the fear factor of fireworks for your pets. While you enjoying the sun, fun and fireworks, remember that your pet may not like the extra excitement and overhead light and noise.
If your pet is disturbed by the noise of fireworks, here are a few ideas you can try to keep them calm:
- Tire your dog out during the day with a long walk or play in the park, so that they are more relaxed in the evening.
- Keep both dogs and cats indoors.
- Close the curtains or keep your pet in an interior room so they can’t see the flashes of light which may upset them.
- Close all windows and doors to minimize loud noise in the environment.
- Have a familiar person stay with your pet to calm them.
- Have routine noises in the house such as the TV or radio.
- If your pet has had previous issues with fireworks, medication may help. Please contact us for advice.
- Remember to keep children and pets strictly away from home-use fireworks that you may be setting off in your yard or driveway!
If you’re hosting a party or barbecue, there are some extra things to think about:
- Always be alert that your pet may escape from the house or yard with extra people coming and going from your home.
- Make sure your pet doesn’t get into the party food and drink. Alcohol is obviously a big no-no for pets, and many rich party foods can cause vomiting and other reactions. Corn cobs are especially dangerous.
- Your pet may already be over-stimulated by the extra people and noise in the house. If you sense that your pet is becoming upset, try giving them some downtime in a room away from the party.