Fireworks, a joyous moment for humans can be a nightmare for dogs and cats. The loud bangs and pops of fireworks cause fear and anxiety to pets, leading to unwanted reactions such as running, hiding, and window-breaking, which neither of us wants. With that being said, here’s what you should know about the impact of fireworks, signs of fear in pets, and the best safety tips to keep them calm and safe.
Due to their more sensitive senses, fireworks cause a sense of fear, bewilderment, and distress in pets due to the explosive noises, fire and lights. As an innate response, our dogs and/or cats go to complete flight mode, which could cause them to run in any direction. This is why cases of pets running lost during firework shows are no surprise.
When it comes to your pets’ safety and wellbeing, paying close attention to the signs may serve as an indicator to take immediate action and come to their rescue. We’ve compiled a list of common signs in both dogs and cats to help you identify anxiety from fireworks and proactively plan the aids your pets may need.
Signs for Dogs
Signs for Cats
Note: Cats are usually more subtle in showing these signs than the more obvious signs in dogs. You must pay extra attention if you do happen to be a cat owner.
Preparation has always been the best way to handle any situation, regardless of what the circumstances may be. Helping your pets feel at ease and calm before the loud bangs and crackles are one of the best ways to help them go through all the jazz going on in the skies. Here are some of the top tips to help your pets stay as calm as still waters.
A day with fireworks should be a day filled with joy and peace, knowing your pets are safe as you watch those fireworks light up the skies. As much as we hope they’ll stay calm, we should always prepare for the worst just in case they make an unexpected run. The YoPets GPS tracker has you covered with their virtual fence feature set up on your phone and pet-tracking functionalities; you’ll be able to quickly locate and bring your pets back home safely.