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Prevent and deal with hazards, both inside and outside your home.

Fireworks and Storms

Many pounds report an increase in runaway cats and dogs after a storm or fireworks night.

A dog can hear 10 times better than a human. Fireworks typically explode at a staggering 145-150 decibels, so these explosions can be terrifyingly frightening and loud.

As many animals have a fear of fireworks and storms, they often injure themselves trying to escape the noise. Some dogs will jump or dig under fences. Others find their way onto busy roads and can be struck by vehicles.

If you can, it’s best to stay home with your pet, provide her with a comfortable environment and engage her in normal activities. If you’re not going to be at home, make sure you provide her with a safe, secure and comfortable environment. Whenever possible, bring your pet indoors. If your pet has ongoing trouble with loud noises like fireworks and storms please speak to your veterinarian for further assistance and to discuss all your options.

Here are some simple steps to minimise firework and storm stress in pets:

  • Ensure your pets are wearing ID tags and their microchip details are up to date.
  • If you know a storm is coming, or fireworks are planned, ensure your pets are exercised and well fed before the storm starts.
  • Keep your animals indoors in a safe, secure and comfortable environment.
  • Securely stable horses at a location away from firework noises.
  • Leave the TV or radio on to mask any sounds.
  • Remove any sharp objects that might cause injury to a panicking animal.
  • If your pets are particularly prone to fireworks or storm panic, stay at home with them.