Six ways to keep your animals safe during fireworks season

With the festive season around the corner occasions such as Guy Fawkes, Diwali, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, are often celebrated with firecrackers.

It is no secret that fireworks can upset animals, so Pedigree and Whiskas spoke to Allan Perrins, spokesperson for the Animal Welfare Society of SA for some tips and tricks to keep animals safe and calm.

  1. Speak to your vet

If you know your pet will still be very distressed, there are a number of off-the-shelf or prescribed calming remedies that one can give pets to help lessen the trauma – just speak to your local vet.

  1. Keep them in a familiar secure room

Keep your pet in a safe and secured room for two reasons. Firstly, doing so will keep them from running away. Secondly, try select a room that will muffle the noise from outdoors and surround pets with familiar and comforting items. You can even turn on the television or play music to help drown out the noise.  Keep the curtains drawn to prevent animals from trying to escape through glass panes.

 

ALSO READ:

Fireworks – 10 safety tips

5 November – Guy Fawkes and the story that could have changed the world

 

  1. Distract them

Have a selection of healthy treats that you can keep on hand to use as a distraction while the fireworks display is going on.

  1. Encourage hydration

Fear makes animals pant, and while they might want to hide and avoid the water bowl, make sure your frightened pet is staying hydrated and keep their food and water bowls nearby.

  1. Don’t leave windows open

Even with secure screens, a cat or small dog may be able to escape in a panic. Animals have very sensitive hearing and noses and the burning scent of fireworks can be distressing, so rather keep the windows closed and if it is hot, put a fan on in the room.

  1. Check name tags, discs and microchips

Make sure your pets have nametags with phone numbers and home addresses that are up to date, so that if they do happen to run away, someone can get them back to you. If your pets are micro-chipped, make sure that the information associated with the microchip is current.

Dates to remember:

Guy Fawkes: November 5

Diwali: November 7

Christmas: December 25

New Year’s Eve: December 31

 

Have a story?

Contact the newsroom by emailing: Melissa Hart (Editor) [email protected] or Leigh Hodgson (News Editor) [email protected] or Kgotsofalang Mashilo (journalist) [email protected]

Remember to visit the Germiston City News on the following social media platforms:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

YouTube

Or add the GCN on WhatsApp 079 406 1181 or BBM (BBM Pin: 7F102137) today, to get all the latest news.

Catch-up on more local news with our sister newspapers Bedfordview Edenvale News, Alberton Record and Kempton Express.

  AUTHOR
Germiston City News

Latest News

COMMENTS

Top

Thanks for your referral. We have no doubt your friends will love our newsletter as much as you!

Don't forget to verify your email.

to our FREE newsletter
SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter.




SELECT your titles:

Alberton Record
Comaro Chronicle
Kathorus Mail
Southern Courier


Get regular news updates sent directly to your inbox.

Your source of local breaking news and trending stories from across the country.

Be a part of our growing community

1MILFacebook Fans
98KTwitter Followers
5MILMonthly Readers
12MILArticles Published Every Month
72Local Community Websites
CLICK HERETo view an example of our newsletter

SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter

SELECT your titles:

Alberton Record
Comaro Chronicle
Kathorus Mail
Southern Courier

Get regular news updates sent directly to you inbox.

Your source of local breaking news and trending stories from across the country.

Be a part of our growing community

Subscribe Here
1MILFacebook Fans
98KTwitter Followers
5MILMonthly Readers
12MILArticles Published Every Month
72Local Community Websites
Your details:


Your friends: