New Years’ Fireworks Coping Mechanisms

Happy 2015! Here’s wishing all you bloggers and visitors out there a joyful and happy 2015! Whether you are staying in for a quiet night with the family, or going out for big New Years’ celebrations, be sure to spare a thought for your furry loved ones who may experience a lot of stress if there are fireworks and noise in the neighbourhood.

Where I live the use of fireworks is thankfully very limited and regulated by the police and city council, but on special occasions there are still some people who shoot off fireworks illegally. Since you do not always have control over this, and might not be able to pinpoint the location of people setting them off, here are a few tips that might help to calm your anxious animals who are afraid of the loud noises:

  • Use herbal anti-anxiety medications such as Calm Eze or Rescue Remedy. Be sure to test it’s effectiveness before hand so that you know what works and in what dosages.
  • Use Vetrinary prescribed anti-anxiety medication. Again, be certain of dosages and only use exactly as prescribed by the Vet.
  • Put a thundershirt on your nervous dog or cat
  • Play calming music or other sounds above the noise of the bangs as a distraction
  • If you are with the dog do something to make them feel less stressed. I personally don’t think that soothing a dog is a terrible thing that teaches them fear is to be indulged – fear is real and soothing calms them. But rather than just coddling them, distract them through play and activities they enjoy
  • Give a Kong that will keep them busy and focussed
  • Keep them in a safe place like their crate or a locked room where they can’t hurt themselves should they get spooked. Many dogs get injured trying to run away from the noises by jumping over fences, through windows etc. On that note, also make sure your pets are tagged and chipped so that if they do manage to escape they can be safely returned as soon as possible.
  • Report any unsafe fireworks to your local authority or City Council. If you are in Pretoria, note that bylaws clearly state under the Explosives Act 26 of 1956. article 10.34: “it is unlawful to discharge any firework in any building on any public thoroughfare or in any public place or resort without prior written permission of the local authority” and “no person may discharge fireworks on any property without the consent of the Chief Fire Safety Officer.” Any complaints can be referred to: Chief Fire Safety Officer Pretoria on (012) 3586255.
Fireworks awareness  poster created by the Animal Anti-Cruelty League Johannesburg. https://www.facebook.com/AACLJHB/timeline

Fireworks awareness poster created by the Animal Anti-Cruelty League Johannesburg.
https://www.facebook.com/AACLJHB/timeline

May you all have a wonderful, fear fee night for all family members!

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6 thoughts on “New Years’ Fireworks Coping Mechanisms

  1. So very true. There are few laws here in the UK restricting fireworks, and in November we have them for weeks, not just one night. Tonight may be noisy, or then again, might not. This is our first year on the marina so we have no idea. We play soothing music though, keep Maggie warm and close, and although she’s not happy, she’s safe with us.

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    • My Dad stays in the UK and whenever I visit I’m astounded at how many people set off fireworks considering the strict Health & Safety Regulations for every other sphere of life! Fireworks and crackers aren’t just bad for dogs, but children too! The mind boggles!
      I hope New Years was a good and stress free one for all of you on the boat!

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    • Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear about Noodle (and your!) stressful night. It’s so hard having a dog with an anxiety problem, and from experience, I know that when an attack rears it’s head you feel so helpless to make your baby feel better when they’re in the throws of it. Hopefully with the start of the new day the whole house feels a lot calmer and happier!
      Happy 2015!

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