7 tips to protect your pet
July 14, August 15… and their traditional fireworks! For some of us, it's wonder. But for our animals, these sudden lights and deafening noises are a source of stress and are perceived – by them – as a danger that must be avoided… This is why there is a peak in running away during these periods.
1- Do not take him to the shooting scene
Is your dog afraid of fireworks? Save him this spectacle by keeping him at home. Out of panic, he might become aggressive or run away. Dogs have the reflex to run in all directions to escape danger: they can thus travel tens of kilometers to escape this din. Unfortunately, they risk crossing a road and being hit by a car.
“ Above all, don't take him when he's still a puppy: that's what can traumatize him. The masters wrongly think that it gets them used to it, but it's wrong: on a leash, the dog can't run away and it's so violent that it can't get used to it! warns Dr. Laetitia Barlerin, veterinarian.
2- Provide him with a shelter
“ The first thing to do is to bring it inside the house. Above all, do not confine it to the garden , ”continues the practitioner. Then, allow your dog to go hide… You can even help him by installing his basket in a quiet and dark place. Some feel reassured in a cupboard when others hide behind the toilet… You can also make his transport cage available: this closed and dark place will allow him to feel safe.
It's the same for cats: “ Cats know very well where they feel safe: let them go and don't disturb them ,” recommends the veterinarian.
As for the NACS, they will take refuge in their little house. And for all the animals in the house, " don't forget to close the shutters to prevent them from seeing the lights " adds Doctor Barlerin.
3- Leave him alone
If your dog is afraid, he will therefore seek to isolate himself. See that it is not indisposed. Avoid talking to him calmly or cuddling him: this attitude makes him believe that he is right to worry.
Go about your business to show him that this sound is not disturbing.