The ear piercing whistling sounds, the explosions that fill our night skies, the rushing sound as a rocket leaves its launching tube.
Children standing in awe, trembling with excitement as the next firework fountain emits a rush of smoke and crackling sparks.
Some fail to realise the anguish that is caused to our companion animals during firework season.
Nearly all companions animals are blessed with very sensitive hearing, the sounds emitted by fireworks are so intense that they can cause our pets pain and stress.
A THUNDERSHIRT STORY
ThunderWorks’ founder, Phil Blizzard, had a dog named Dosi who was extremely frightened by thunderstorms and fireworks. Wanting to comfort Dosi (and get more sleep), Phil did what most families do and consulted with veterinarians and dog trainers. Unfortunately, no one had a good solution. So, for many years Dosi (and her family) had to suffer though thunderstorms and Fourth of July fireworks.
One day, a friend of the family recommended trying a snug wrap, like swaddling an infant. It sounded far-fetched, but nothing else had worked and it certainly couldn’t hurt to try. During one bad storm, they wrestled Dosi into an old t-shirt and used packing tape to create mild pressure. They were amazed – Dosi calmed almost instantly and laid down for the duration of the storm! ThunderShirt evolved from there, and has helped calm millions of dogs and cats around the world.
ADAPTIL Calm Home Diffuser is an excellent solution to help your dog stay calm and adapt at home, in situations like staying alone, loud noises, visitors and fears.
Always keep your dogs, cats and other pets indoors when fireworks are being let off.
Avoid walking dogs at times when fireworks are likely to be released, we encourage early morning walks where possible.
Always close all doors and windows, remember to close off cat flaps. This will ensure that your pet cannot escape.
Draw your curtains, ensure there is background noise such as a radio or TV.
NEVER, take your dog to a firework display or leave them outside unattended.
Ensure that your pet is wearing a collar and ID tag at ALL times or microchipped (ensuring your contact details are upto date)
Dont assume your dog isnt affected by fireworks, look out for tell tale signs of stress, panting, yawning and pacing.
If you dog runs for cover under a table or bed, DONT stop them, allow them to continue. Help by adding some comfortable pillows, familar toys and treats.
NEVER shout at them.
Small furries, such as rabbits, guinea pigs and birds, please bring them indoors and give them extra bedding. Some of these pets can die from heart attacks if over stressed. Cover the cages with a blanket to dull the noise.