Fireworks Freaking Fido?
It’s no surprise to many pet loving homes that Australia Day fireworks celebrations are simply a headache to their beloved pets. As the skies light up around the nation, many dogs and cats will be overcome with fear and anxiety.
“Australia Day is one of the biggest events on the Aussie calendar, but it’s important that people consider their pets during this time of year,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia warns.
Many dogs and cats go missing during celebrations. Fireworks are one of the main culprits alongside gates and doors being accidentally left open.
“It’s not uncommon to have a dog or cat who is simply terrified of the loud bangs caused by fireworks,” Crighton says. “This can lead to unfamiliar behaviour in your animal and may cause much stress for owners and pets.”
As celebrations get underway for this patriot holiday a little extra consideration for your furry friend is a good idea. From making a ‘pet safe’ area to playing soothing music or keeping your cat indoors for the evening can help alleviate some of the stress.
“Another good tip is to ensure your gates are clearly signed with a reminder to your guests to CLOSE THE GATE,” Crighton suggests. “Many dogs go missing during celebrations from guests not closing gates and doors correctly.”
Well-known celebrity Veterinarian Dr Robert Zammit from Vineyard Veterinary Hospital is also aware of the problems facing our pets during this time of year.
“When you are entertaining ensure no one feeds your pet – a very common problem is pancreatitis that could kill your pet; pancreatitis can be a result of feeding a fatty meal,” Dr Zammit warns. “Dog’s also do not produce alcohol dehydrogenase easily so alcohol can affect them and destroy their liver.”
Other dangerous foods include: avocados, raisins and currents, cooked bones, walnuts and macadamia nuts, grapes, mushrooms, caffeine, chocolate, xylitol (in sugar-free products), onions. If you suspect poisoning contact your local emergency veterinarian immediately.
“This is a fantastic time of year to celebrate all that is great about being an Australian, but most cats and dogs will not be interested in sharing in the celebrations especially if there are fireworks involved,” Crighton says. “Ensuring they are comfortable and safe is very important to prevent anxiety and accidents.”