With New Year's Eve and other holidays approaching, fireworks are a popular tradition. While fireworks are an enjoyable show for humans, pets can be affected by the loud noises and bright lights. To ensure your pet's safety during fireworks, here's a few steps you can take to keep them safe.
Create a Safe Space
The best way to keep your pet safe during fireworks is to create a safe space. This can be a room or area of your home that is quiet and away from windows. This may be a bedroom or a basement. Make sure the area has a comfortable bed and plenty of food and water. If possible, block out the sound and light of the fireworks by closing curtains or using white noise machines.
Create a Routine
This could include taking your pet for a walk before the fireworks start, giving them treats and playing with them, or just cuddling. This will help make your pet feel safe and comfortable during the ordeal.
Keep Your Pet Inside
Keep your pet inside when fireworks are going off. Even if your pet is used to being outside, the loud noises and bright lights can be frightening. If your pet does not have a safe area inside, you may need to crate them for the duration of the fireworks
If your pet is scared of the fireworks, provide them with comfort. This may include giving them treats, playing with them, or cuddling with them. If your pet is particularly scared, you may want to consider giving them a mild anti-anxiety medication from your vet.
If your pet is still scared of the fireworks, you may want to use distractions to help them cope. This could include playing music or turning on the television to help drown out the noise. You may also want to consider using a pheromone diffuser or calming spray to help them relax.
Monitor Your Pet
It is important to always monitor your pet during fireworks. Make sure they are not too scared or anxious and are not trying to escape. It is also important to check on them frequently to make sure they are safe and comfortable.
Fireworks can be a frightening experience for pets. To keep your pet safe during fireworks, make sure to create a safe space, create a routine, keep your pet inside, provide comfort, use distractions, and monitor your pet. With these steps, you can ensure your pet is safe and comfortable during fireworks.