Protect your pooch this Halloween by following some top tips to keep your pet calm among the loud bangs and bright flashes of fireworks.
Ahead of the Halloween celebrations, the Environmental Health service of Mid Ulster District Council, is encouraging dog owners to take steps to minimise the chances of their pets being frightened and potentially injured or lost.
Bring your dog inside so that the noise from fireworks doesn’t seem so loud.
- Use the sound from your radio or TV to help drown out the sound of the fireworks.
- Close your curtains or blinds to reduce the chances of your dog seeing flashes of light.
- Make your dog a ‘den’ by putting out a blanket or box so it can feel safer by ‘hiding’.
- Feed your dog well with a high-carbohydrate meal containing pasta or potato earlier in the evening which can help your pet rest and relax.
- Try not to leave your dog alone in the house especially if it isn’t used to being inside. Your presence will provide reassurance.
- Make sure you exercise and toilet your dog.
- If your dog needs to go outside again later, ensure that it is kept on the lead, even if it does not appear stressed or frightened. A sudden bang could cause your dog to bolt for safety.
- And just in case, make sure your pet is wearing a collar and ID tag so it’s easier to reunite you!
- Don’t walk your dog if fireworks are likely or let it outside on its own, and never punish your pet for being frightened of the noise.
For further information or advice or to report a lost or found dog, contact the Council’s dog warden on 03000 132 132 or E: [email protected].