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Fireworks can frighten your Best Friend

Loud noises such as thunderstorms and fireworks can be traumatic for pets.   While city fireworks may seem far away from our own backyards, pets may still be nervous about unexpected noise.  However it is the illegal backyard fireworks that can be very scary, as well as being unpredictable when set off my amateurs.

Annually, illegal fireworks being set off on New Year’s Eve have a devastating effects on the pets we love, with shelters like The Lost Dogs’ Home being left to pick up the pieces.  “Last year, we had 145 animals come into the shelter over 24 hours on January 1, many of whom were severely traumatised, with worn pads on their feet, and suffering badly from exhaustion,” said the Home’s General Manager of Operations, Sue Conroy.

When pets escape backyards in a panic to get away from fireworks, lives can be lost if they make it out onto busy roads and streets.  If you are worried that your pet may become anxious without you this New Year’s Eve, try to leave your pet indoors where it will be less noisy and your pet will feel safe and secure. 
A traumatic event such as large thunderstorm or a seasonal firework display can cause your pet’s fear response to quickly develop into a phobia, and once a dog has a noise-related phobia it’s extremely difficult to treat.  It is important that you do not punish this type of behavior, even if you can’t see any obvious reason for it. 
For help to deal with anxiety and phobias, make an appointment with Our Vet..