By Peter McCormack
Dogs’ hearing is four times better than human hearing and it’s a natural reaction for some dogs to flee and seek refuge when they hear such loud and unfamiliar sounds. In a bid to keep your pet out of harm’s way this New Year’s Eve, we have has set out some tips for pet owners to consider before going out to celebrate.
Ensure your pet is completely identifiable with a microchip, collar ID tag and most importantly, ensure your contact details are up-to-date. This gives you and your pet the best chance of being reunited in the event they become lost.
Keep your pet securely contained for the entire night – a fence may not be enough to keep a determined, panicking pet from escaping during fireworks. Scaling fences can also lead to serious injury for dogs. Ideally you should keep your pet inside, in a secure room where they can neither escape nor hurt themselves. It is important that you don’t tie up your dog at the collar, as in a moment of panic he or she could try to get away causing serious injury.
Stay home with your pet, or if this is not possible, organise a pet-sitter for the night, or have someone close at hand who can check on them if need be. That person should be reliable and familiar to your pet.
When the fireworks display starts, make sure they are inside and distract your pet with toys and food and keep a radio or television switched on.