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Fireworks and Small Animals

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Some ideas for helping your small animals during fireworks.

Fireworks and Small Animals

Animals have a more sensitive sense of hearing than humans do, so noises that are a little loud to us can be downright deafening to them. When panicked, our pets will do most anything to get away from a frightening situation. With a little pre-planning you, as a pet owner, can make special occasions a fun and exciting day for you as well as your pets.

If possible, it is highly recommended to desensitize your pet to loud noises before the festivities begin. The use of compact discs with recordings of loud and scary noises such as firework explosions, trains, thunder etc… can be used to aid in the desensitization of your pet. Start with the volume down low and gradually increase it to a loud level. Desensitization takes a while so do not expect immediate results after only a couple of times.

Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice, ferrets and birds all need to be treated with care when fireworks are being let off.

Here are some tips on what can be done

  • If your Animals live in outside Hutches/cages and enclosures they should, if possible, be brought into a quiet room indoors, or into a garage or shed.
  • Give your pet extra bedding to burrow into so it feels safe.
  • If you cannot bring your pet’s hutch inside, you should turn its enclosure around so that it faces a wall or fence instead of the open garden.
  • Cover any aviaries or hutches with thick blankets or a duvet to block out the sight of the fireworks and deaden the sound of the bangs, but make sure there is enough ventilation.
  • If you have a house animal or you are able to bring your pet inside, draw the curtains or black out the windows to block out the flashes of light in the night sky.
  • Close the windows to muffle the sound from outside. Switching the TV or radio on might help too, but make sure it’s not too loud – especially if your animal isn’t used to noises from the television.
  • Many animals are social so if possible keep them with the companion they’re familiar with to limit the stress of firework phobia.

Courtesy of :

http://www.allcreatures24hr.com/content/fireworks-and-pets-bad-combination

https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/fireworks-and-pets

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