The RSPCA is warning that fireworks season is upon us and offering advice for keeping your pet safe and sound.
- “Ideally owners should stay home with pets, but if that’s not possible, they should place the animal in a quiet room surrounded by their favourite toys, and possibly items holding the owner’s scent, with a radio playing quietly in the background. Some dogs benefit from a long walk earlier in the day followed by a good, hearty meal. A tired, well-fed dog is more likely to sleep during firework activity.”
For horses and other livestock, he said removing them to a safer location was best or alternatively keeping them securely stabled. Smaller animals like birds and rabbits, should be brought inside or have cages covered with a thick blanket to muffle sounds, ensuring it doesn’t inhibit access to fresh air.
“We also cannot stress enough how important it is that animals are not tethered. Panicked animals can injure or even choke themselves in an effort to get away,” Mr Linke said.
He said that if owners were aware that their animals were extra sensitive to events like fireworks and exhibited extreme stress, they should speak to their vet about medication to ease the animal’s anxiety.
The RSPCA is also calling for an end to legal fireworks which is where we part ways. If only because I’ve spent a year in fireworks free NSW and seen just how big the fireworks enthusiasts go once they’re forced into the black market.