Guy Fawkes and Diwali will be celebrated in the upcoming weeks which means it’s time to prepare your pets so they are not terrified by the noise. The reality is that animals are petrified of loud bangs and get lost when trying to escape it.
The Animal Welfare Society (AWS) are preparing for this time of the year when there is a surge in lost and injured animals. They have made a plea to owners to chip or tag their animals now in case they try to flee.
“When lost pets are adequately identified, it makes the task of reuniting them with their owners that much more easier. We therefore appeal to pet owners to please identify their pet(s) preferably with a microchip or at least with a safe collar and tag,” AWS said in a post.
They also shared guidelines to protect your animals:
- Ensure all animals have identification – sudden loud bangs can cause pet(s) to run away and get lost. Remember their hearing is far more acute than ours – i.e. they can hear a grasshopper eating.
- If possible, stay at home with them if you suspect fireworks will be used nearby;
- If you can’t be at home, keep your pet(s) inside and preferably in a room that is safe and secure;• Try and mask any noise by drawing the curtains and playing calming music at a reasonable volume;
- Put familiar and comforting things around them such as toys, baskets, etc;
- Give your pet(s) a nutritious and balanced meal at night – this is likely to make them sleepier.