While many of us ‘ooo’ and ‘aww’ at fireworks displays, who hasn’t jumped at an unexpected boom or bang? Every loud explosion is unexpected and scary for our pets, especially if that pet already has a fear of noises. That’s why it is so important to keep pets at home in an escape-proof room while you enjoy the festivities.
Sometimes, however, that’s still not enough. Here are some ideas to help keep your pet calm during holiday celebrations.
· Keep comfortable.
Keep your pet safely tucked away in a familiar room or, even better, their crate with the A/C on.
· Get a workout.
Take them for a walk, play fetch, just do any safe activity to tucker them out beforehand.
· Divert attention.
Give your pal a new bone or toy to help distract them from the festivities going on outside.
· Drown it out.
Shut all windows,
Companionship can make all the difference. If you can stay home, try petting your nervous pal from head to tail in a long, slow motion and talk to them in a calming voice. Just like babies, some smaller pets may respond positively to a reassuring swaddling too – but do not try to force them if they are not up for it. A Thundershirt may work well for larger pets or pets left at home alone.
Also, make sure all cats and dogs are wearing proper fitting collars with tags in case they do escape. This goes for all pets, even those with a microchip!
For more information on holiday dangers, check this out.
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