Pets suffer a lot during the Christmas and Christmas Eve season.
A deafening noise brought me out of my thoughts. I looked towards the patio door and my dog was looking at me with a scared face. He put his big paws back on the doorknob and scratched the door. His gaze was scary. The noises of the boom bombs were driving him crazy. The new year had started, and after opening the door and making sure it was okay, I went to celebrate with my family.
In many countries of the world, Christmas and New Year celebrations often include fireworks. Beyond the beautiful colors and the beautiful spectacle they offer, those who do not have a good time at all are the pets.
My dog, despite his great courage for being a pure Cane Corso, is very afraid of the noise of bombs and fireworks, and during Christmas and New Years he hides under the car in the garage.
Our fun, their suffering
For some years now, several countries have tried to raise awareness about the danger that the use of pyrotechnics, or fireworks, means for pets. When the Christmas season arrives, protectionists try to raise public awareness about the harm that noise causes to pets, as well as the potential danger of burns and death of the animal.
We can have fun without using fireworks. It is important and noble that we think about pets and how they suffer. According toFoundation for Advice and Action in Defense of Animals , pyrotechnics have severe effects on animals, ranging from a simple tremor, to death itself.
Symptoms and Effects of Fireworks on Pets
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea and vomiting
- Uncontrollable fear
- Gasping and salivation
- Dilated pupils
- Accidents after fleeing
- Serious injuries from contact with firework
- Emotional disorders like stress and anxiety
Think how it terrifies them
I once heard a veterinarian say that the noise of fireworks for pets is as if we woke up in the middle of a war, not knowing where to go. Imagine that your dog or your cat is suddenly alone in the yard, or in your house, or any animal that is in the street, and begins to hear noises that stun him. The terror is absolute and the urge to flee is intense.
In that flight or escape, many animals tend to get lost, hurt, or have an accident. Many years ago, I had a Husky dog. She used to always be on the street, as she had been rescued and was already used to walking alone. On Christmas Eve, some neighbors were testing some very powerful and thunderous boom bombs, and my dog took off running.
We never saw her again. We only knew that she ran away, scared by the noise of the bombs, according to what the neighbors told us later, because we were not present at that time.
Is sedating them a good option?
Many people choose to consult with their veterinarian to give their dog a sedative around the festive season in December, when they move elsewhere for dinner on Christmas Eve, or when they know a lot of people will be coming home. Or simply so that you do not suffer from noise.
Ricardo Bruno, veterinarian, does not recommend administering sedatives to animals, although he admits that certain animals with phobic behaviors need to be medicated. Sedatives are dangerous because they can greatly lower the pressure of the animal and cause death if not administered correctly.
Also, not all breeds and sizes will carry the same dose, so the danger is increased if a person tries to medicate their animal.
What can we do?
It would be utopian to think that the whole world stopped using fireworks for festivities. But we can do something from our place. From now on, do not use any more fireworks of any kind, and try to educate those around you to inform them about the dangers that the use of pyrotechnics entails for pets.
In the meantime, if you have pets at home, you can keep these tips in mind:
- If your pet is outside and the noises start, bring her inside and offer her a safe place
- Close all doors and windows to minimize noise
- If you are going out, leave your pet in a place where it cannot break anything and where it feels safe
- Cover the windows so the flashes of light from the fireworks don’t scare your pet
- Give him his food for a while before the noises start
- You can play soft music to calm him down, and muffle outside noises
- Don’t forget to put an identification collar on him, in case he escapes
- If you choose to take your pet with you, do so taking into account the relevant safety measures and do not forget its cage
Animals are our company on earth. Respecting them is part of our mission as human beings. Empathize with them and try to put yourself in their place. If you have brought a pet home, it is because you have committed to taking care of it, protecting it, and giving it the best of you.
And if you have children, you have a great responsibility ahead of you, which is to teach them to love and respect animals. And not using pyrotechnics is part of that learning. Thus, you will be promoting a better and more egalitarian society.