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Look after your pets

Tuesday, 30th December, 2014

A five-month old Koolie-cross was found on the Tibooburra Road last week. If you don’t want you dog to run away when the fireworks explode, there are several things you can do. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel A five-month old Koolie-cross was found on the Tibooburra Road last week. If you don’t want you dog to run away when the fireworks explode, there are several things you can do. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

Everyone is being reminded to keep their pets safe when the cracker go off on New Year’s Eve.

On average, fireworks explode at a staggering 145-150 decibels. But for animals such as dogs, who have hearing 10 times more sensitive that of humans, the explosions can be terrifying. 

Many animals fear fireworks and they often injure themselves trying to escape the noise. Dogs might jump or dig under fences and find their way onto busy roads.

Broken Hill Veterinary Clinic’s Dr Guillame Tabuteau) said the best idea would be to not let fireworks off in the first place.

“No matter what you do, pets will still have the fear of fireworks.

“If you lock them up or secure the fencing they still might get out.

“The best way to ensure their safety is to spend the evening with them.”

Dr Tabuteau said when scared, dogs might even rip through doors.

He also encouraged said owners should ensure their pet has a microchip and an ID tag and that their details are updated in case the escape. 

“Pets can still escape in the best conditions but if their information is up to date you have a better chance of finding them.”

If possible, stay home with your pet and provide them with a comfortable environment and keep them engaged.  If you can’t be home, make sure they are safe, secure and comfortable, and bring them indoors if possible.

 

The RSPCA also has some simple steps to minimise fireworks stress:

* Ensure your they are exercised and well-fed before fireworks start.

* Keep them indoors where they are safe and comfortable.

* Leave the TV or radio on to mask the sound.

* Remove any objects that might cause injury to a panicking animal.

* If your pet is prone to fireworks panic, stay home with them.

* For some animals a visit to the vet is required before the fireworks season begins as there are medications that can help.

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