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Don’t bring your dog to fireworks this summer

“The roaring explosions and bright lights of fireworks can be upsetting to your pet and even lead to harm. Fireworks can cause animals to panic, putting both pets and people in danger,” says Lorie Chortyk, BC SPCA general manager of community relations.

“When dogs and cats are frightened, they’re more likely to run away from their homes, jump out open windows or dart into traffic. Stressed or scared pets can also behave out of character, even scratching or biting people,” she notes.

Tips to keep your pets safe during fireworks displays include:

  • Keep pets inside
    An indoor pet is a happy pet on fireworks night. To help muffle the noise and prevent animals from escaping, remember to close the windows of your home and draw the curtains. Some pets do well left in a separate room with the radio or television on to mask the sound of fireworks. Be sure to leave plenty of toys in the room for your pet so that he doesn’t think he’s being isolated as a punishment.
     
  • Identification
    Make sure your pet is wearing identification, especially if they don’t have permanent ID, like a microchip or a tattoo. Dogs and cats may try to run away if they feel threatened. Clear, current identification is your best chance to have them returned to you.
     
  • Leave home without them
    While you may think it would be fun to bring your dog to the festivities, he or she may not share your view. The strange sights, sounds, and crowds can cause a normally friendly dog to bite if it feels scared or threatened. A quiet night at home with their favourite toys and treats would probably suit them much better.

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