The festive season is just around the corner, and fireworks are a big part of these celebrations. Festivals like Diwali can be a difficult time for your pet, as the loud noise and bright lights of fireworks can easily scare him. Dogs can hear high frequency sounds, and the muscles in their ears help them hear sound from a distance.
As a pet parent, you need to take some measures to ensure your pet’s safety. Here are a few tips that will help you keep your pet calm during fireworks.
1) Stay Calm
Your pet will imitate and react to all your moves when he is scared. Make sure you are calm and composed while interacting with him. An agitated or nervous state could aggravate his behavior. Showing love and affection towards your pet during this time will help him feel safe and happy.
2) Provide a Safe Space
Ensure your pet is in his safe space. A familiar spot or a favorite space that is known to him will help calm him down. Keep his favorite toy near him, so that he is aware that he is still in a safe and calm environment. Draw the curtains and close access to outdoor spaces as this will reduce exposure to the fireworks.
3) Diffuse the Noise
Try and create some white noise that will lessen the sound of the fireworks. Keep the television or the fan switched on, so that your pet doesn’t get startled easily. Another source of sound will help reduce the loud noise of the fireworks.
4) Distract Your Pet
Keep your pet focused on something other than the fireworks. Give him his favorite game or involve him in an activity he enjoys. This will keep him distracted from the noise and lights of the crackers.
5) Consult Your Vet
Talk to your vet about the different measures you can take to calm your pet. Your vet might suggest a general relaxant or sedative, as they have a calming effect on your pet.
Adopting these simple steps will help reduce anxiety in your pet and keep him calm during in case of fireworks. Additional care from your end can make festivals a happy time for your pet as well.