The time of year when people forget all decency, and feel the overwhelming need to set fire to things that go **bang**. I, myself, cannot fathom the obsession, and feel that the fear and trauma inflicted upon our poor pets is just not worth the pop and whizz of a firework display. Diwali, Guy Fawkes, Independence day, New Years... I don't give a shizz whether it is religious, celebratory or society induced: fireworks are selfish and unnecessary.
But, my feelings aside, here are some helpful tips with regard to assisting your beloved family pet during the crazy season.
Forewarned is fore armed - watch your calendar's, be aware of 'Firework' nights and take precaution. Because, fireworks will continue, the people funding and utilising these noisy crackers are not in the least concerned about *your* pet. They want a bang and a bang they shall have.
Some tips for 'Firework' nights taken from: http://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/index.aspx?NID=1307
1- Make sure your dog has his collar and ID tags on.
2- Make sure you have a current photograph of your dog available to hand out to neighbors should he become lost.
3- If possible, stay home with your dog – especially if he is prone to storm anxiety or has shown signs of anxiety with fireworks in the past.
4- Do not take your dog to a fireworks display.
5- If at all possible keep your dog in a secure area indoors. If he is used to being crated, that is the best place for him. If not, crating him could actually increase his anxiety. If your dog will be loose in the house, it is a good idea to close the shades and curtains and turn all the lights on so that he will not notice the flashing of the fireworks. Also turn the TV on and increase the volume a bit so that the ka-booms and whistles will be muted.
6- If you are unable to keep your dog indoors or he is not used to being inside, make sure his outdoor area is secure. Dogs that do not normally jump over, dig under or chew through fences have been known to do this when fireworks begin. Tethering your dog during fireworks can be dangerous. In a panic, he may become entangled in the tether and choke.
7- If your dog does get out and becomes lost start looking for him as soon as you discover he is gone. Because he will be in a panic, he could go farther than he normally would in a much shorter period of time. On the contrary, he may be hiding under a bush on your front porch – too scared to come out.
Another fantastic site is: http://www.iheartpaws.com/articles/154/1/How-to-Help-Your-Thunder-and-Fireworks-Scared-Dog-by-Martha-Windisch/Page1.html Worth looking at if you are an. Animal lover.
I also enjoyed the practical approach given at: http://www.ehow.com/m/how_2362778_ease-dogs-fear-fireworks-.html A lot of the time, it is the owner's behaviour that starts the 'fear cycle' in pets.
I hope that you all see through to the New year with no lost or injured 'furry family members' :o(