Animal safety tips during Diwali

2017-10-18 06:02

MOST pets are afraid of fireworks and if you are celebrating Diwali on Wednesday or Thursday, or in close vicinity to those that are, take the following precautions provided by SPCA to ensure your pet is safe and secure.

Suggested preparations prior to fireworks:

• ensure your property is secure;

• if your pet is microchipped, make sure it is up to date;

• if your pet is terrified of loud noises, ask your vet to prescribe calming medication;

• an ID disc on the collar will also assist in reuniting you with your pet should it escape from your premises;

At the time of fireworks:

• keep your pet indoors, draw the curtains and distract with music, toys and treats;

• feed beforehand so they are relaxed with full tummies; and

• stay home with them.

Although this applies mainly to cats and dogs, remember all animals may be affected by loud noises. Unfortunately, we cannot control the effect of fireworks on wildlife, but anyone keeping small animals - rabbits, hamsters, rats, guinea pigs and birds - should cover the cages with a blanket to buffer the sound.

Remember, they are all sentient beings and deserve our care and compassion.
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