It is a widespread custom in several countries to receive the next year with pyrotechnics shows. Regardless of age, people enjoy the light patterns emitted by rockets exploding, as a way to wish good fortune for the next cycle, and fire the one that ends.
However, this experience grata is not shared by many animals. Particularly domestic ones who, like dogs, can suffer severe anxiety attacks due to the noise they produce when they explode. Here we propose 3 points to prevent your pets suffer with the fireworks.
1. Find a safe place in your home
Besides of ecological damage produced by fireworks shows, these types of outbursts have a negative effect on dogs, whose hearing systems are more developed than that of humans. As an evolutionary consequence, dogs iinteract and know their environment through the ears.
For this reason, a prolonged exposure to high decibels can cause them not only elevated levels of distress, but one terror reaction to a sound they can’t identify. Such is the case of rockets in the new year. To prevent this from happening, the Dra. Green , Veterinarian from the University of Sydney, Australiarecommends finding a safe place at home where sound do not penetrate with so much intensity.
2. Make sure the doors are closed
One of the consequences of this phobia of loud noises that dogs have is the need to flee. Although they are in a safe place, for them the sounds can be unbearable, to the point that they can running away from home in fear. Green points out the following in this regard:
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“They are often so scared that they will try to escape. Many dogs disappear during storms or fireworks. They often pass through windows and doors and are injured in the process. ”
For this reason, in addition to identifying a space where the noise is not so shocking, it is worth making sure that all the doors of the house are closed. The same with windows, fences, bars or any nook that the animal can identify as a means of escape.
3. In extreme cases, see a specialist
Despite the fact that fireworks do not represent a threat to the human ear at the hearing level, dogs seriously resent the outbursts. There are even cases of particularly nervous breeds, which have they need to be medicated to keep anxiety levels under control. As Green points out:
“Medication can reduce the level of fear and anxiety to allow other methods of treating storm or noise phobia to work, such as the use of thunder shirts or safe zones.”
In these cases, it is suggested go to a specialist to meet the particular needs of the dog in question. In this way, it will be easier for owners to know what to do in case their pet is exposed to the rocket blast, and how severe their reaction will be in such case.