Fireworks! They’re fun, noisy and exhilarating…unless you’re a dog!

POSTED June 11, 2017

This Sunday, 18th June, Ecco Ripley will be hosting an event for the community to launch its newest neighbourhood, Lighthaven. As a part of these celebrations, residents and the general public will be treated to a fireworks spectacular from 5:20pm.

In the interest of pet owners in Ecco Ripley and surrounding neighbourhoods, we have spoken to local veterinarian, Dr Andrew Hemming who has some excellent recommendations for helping keep your pet’s safe and calm during Sundays fireworks show.

“When you’re a human, you know when to expect fireworks because you’re looking forward to the event. When you’re a dog, fireworks sneak up on you and can scare the living daylights out of you! You can’t smell them like a storm, you can’t see them coming like the postman, and you just can’t get away from them fast enough!” explains Dr Hemming.

Dr Andrew Hemming’s tips for pet safety during fireworks shows:

  1. Prepare your dog when you know that fireworks are going to be going off. This includes having someone at home with them to make sure they stay safe; inside where they can’t get into trouble (a scared dog is likely to escape from even the best fenced yards).
  2. Create an area of ‘sound safety’ for your pooch. Download a ‘sound meter’ app on your phone and find the quietest place in your house BEFORE firework night. Usually the quietest place is the bathroom, closet surrounded by clothes, basement or cellar if you are lucky enough to have one (ours is deep in the clothes cupboard). It becomes like their ‘safe den’. Fortify this area even more by closing windows/doors, or even using acoustic foam.
  3. Ever heard of a thunder buddy? What about a ‘Thunder Jacket’? These nifty jackets work on your dog’s pressure points around the chest. Fitted correctly, they will reduce anxiety in around 80% of dogs.
  4. Pheromones… No, not the ones that you give off before a romantic dinner. The dog specific pheromones are called Dog Appeasing Pheromones (Adaptil) and help your dog to feel safe, like a big hug from Mum. They come as collars or a spray. Give us a call and we can organise these for you.
  5. Massage! Everyone loves a good massage. Did you know that massaging the large chewing muscles of a dog’s jaw produces calmness. You can also try rubbing their ear bases (if they like you doing it).
  6. Try some calming music (classical works well for our own dogs and the animals at the surgery to keep them relaxed).
  7. Remove them from the source of pain (yep, drop them at Grandma’s for a sleepover for the night).

If you have any questions on how to help your dog in situations like these, don’t hesitate to call the Flinders View Veterinary Surgery to speak to Dr Hemming.

And most of all, we look forward to seeing you there on the day.

Flinders View Veterinary Surgery

Phone: (07) 3294 1773

Website: www.flindersviewvets.com.au

Address: 2/6 Astral Court, Flinders View QLD 4305

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