26 Sep Keeping “Buster”safe during Riverfire

Keeping “Buster”safe during Riverfire

As we enter the ‘party’ season of the year many celebrations will involve fireworks. In fact, this weekend is Brisbane’s annual Riverfire spectacular. Some animals are absolutely terrified of loud noises, such as thunder and especially of fireworks. I know that my little buddy goes into total panic mode if fireworks can be heard at our home. Often dogs will panic during these occasions and instead of heading inside to ensure safety they will jump fences or dig out of yards, sometimes causing themselves injury and/or getting lost in the process.

We went to the trusted RSPCA website to source for your some tips on our how to keep your dog safe during fireworks:

  • Prepare early.
  • Talk to your vet about the treatment options available for managing noise phobias – ask them about any new treatment options.
  • Take your dog out for exercise before the fireworks start e.g. reasonably long walk, then after a couple of hours you can feed them a meal. A tired and well-fed dog will likely be less anxious during the night. If you can, stay home to be with your pet.
  • Let your dog be with you and try to be calm and normal. Avoid fussing over your pet excessively but try to engage them in normal activities such as playing. Reward your dog for their calm behaviour, rewards include giving dog treats and their favourite dog toy.
  • Close the blinds/curtains, create a comfortable hiding place and allow your dog to go there to feel safe, put on some music or the TV to help mask the noise outside, and distract your dog with games and food.
  • Dogs who panic can choke themselves on a collar or lead, so never tether your dog during these times and never use a choke chain to restrain your dog.
  • Make sure your dog is micro-chipped and that your contact details are up to date on the microchip register. Also, ensure they are wearing an ID tag so they can be easily returned if they accidentally escape.
  • Direct supervision is important to help prevent injury or escape. If you cannot supervise your dog on the night consider making alternative arrangements so your dog will be supervised by a responsible person directly or consider boarding your dog so they will be safe.

Hopefully, these tips help you to keep your little (or big) buddy safe during upcoming fireworks events. If you are heading to Riverfire this weekend, we hope you have a great time!