03 November 2019 12:39
As Glasgow prepares for Bonfire Night, it is not uncommon to see some early fireworks being let off in and around the city centre. While the bright lights and loud bangs might be enjoyable for some, they can cause misery to pets - dogs and cats in particular. They are known to jump fences and run away to escape fireworks, and so it is important to keep them as calm and relaxed as possible. READ MORE: Five youths charged after letting off fireworks in busy Glasgow street Experts from Pure Pet Food have revealed nine tips to help pets keep calm and out of danger before and during fireworks displays. A spokesperson for Pure said: "Animals have heightened senses and their hearing, in particular, is much stronger than ours.
A dog's hearing is twice as sensitive as a human's for example, and a cat's three times! "So, it's no surprise that a bang from a firework can be frightening for pets. Not to mention the fact that they don't really understand where it's coming from – or why." 1. Microchip Ensuring your pet's microchip details are up to date is important year-round, but especially so around firework season. Dogs and cats might panic and flee at the sound of a firework bang, so make sure that if they do run off, they'll be able to be returned to you safely. 2. Water Top up your pet's water bowl – dog's in particular. Anxious dogs pant more and get thirsty. 3. Walk Take your dog for a walk before it starts to get dark, as it might be a while before it's safe for them to venture outside again to go to the toilet! 4. Security Make sure you shut all of the doors and windows in your home and don't forget to draw the curtains. This will help to block out any flashes of light and reduce the noise level of fireworks. 5. Den Use your dog's favourite blankets, toys, or an unwashed item of your clothing to make them a little den in a quiet corner of your house. This could help them feel safer and more secure. READ MORE: Glasgow Green fireworks display - start times, road closures and weather forecast During fireworks 1. Distract Switch the TV or radio on to try and distract your pet from the noise outside. 2. Let them hide Your pet might choose to hide under the bed or behind other furniture, but don't even try and tempt them out, as this could cause them more stress. And if they come to you for comfort, make sure you give it them. 3. Act normal Try to act as normal, as your pet will pick up on any unusual behaviour. Be calm, happy and cheerful as this will send positive signals to your pet. 4. Company Avoid leaving your pet alone when fireworks are going off near your house, and if you do have to leave, don't get angry with your pet if you find they've been destructive or messed in the house – shouting at a frightened pet will only make them more stressed.