Canada Day is fast approaching and so are the fireworks. While you may be looking forward to all of the festivities, many pets have a deep fear of fireworks. Here are some helpful tips that you can use to help comfort your pet when the fireworks take place this year.
1. Keep the lights on
If you're heading out to see the fireworks this year, leave the lights on for your pet. It will help him feel safer and more secure then he would feel in a dark room.
2. Dampen the loud noise
Close the blinds and curtains in the room where your pet will be when the fireworks go off. If you live very close to an area where the fireworks are scheduled, you may even want to put a light blanket over a cage to help dampen the sound.
3. Leave the radio on
Turn on your radio and set it to a station that plays soft calming music. Not only will this help to drown out the loud booming noises but it will also offer a familiar sound to your pet. Don't turn up your radio so that the music plays excessively loud, however, since this will scare your animal even more.
4. Contain your pet
Leave your animal in one room of the house and set down some familiar bedding for him. You can also include some of his special toys and maybe even a treat or two. Make sure that the room isn't too cold or hot but just right for your furry friend. Don’t forget to leave out plenty of fresh water and some food for him as well.
5. Lavender can be calming
Spray some lavender on a cloth and leave it on top of a high piece of furniture so that your pet can't get to it. Lavender can help keep your pet calm and collected during this frightful time.
Sometimes a pet can get extremely frantic when he hears the fireworks even from a distance. If this is the case, your favorite pet may cause a bit of damage or have an accident on the floor. Be prepared when you arrive back home and have some understanding. Fireworks can even scare people that are both young and old and your pet has no idea why these loud sounds are occurring.