Not only is it illegal to set off fireworks in suburban areas, but the noise of fireworks cause great distress among animals. Their hearing is far more acute and sensitive than the hearing of a human.
If a dog can hear a grasshopper eat, imagine what the explosion of a firework would sound like.
Stay with your pets. Keep them indoors. If an animal is sensitive, ask your vet for advice.
Do not give human medication to animals and, above all, ensure that animals are not in danger of harming themselves if they bolt – even indoors – or react when a firework is discharged in the area. Also ensure that animals have proper identification.
Hooligan, dangerous and illegal behaviour relating to fireworks should be reported to the police.
The SPCA extends its good wishes to everyone celebrating Christmas and New Year.
“It is trusted that this year, the celebrations will be in accordance with the true spirit of the Festival of Light: beauty, light, love and above all, compassion.”
How to calm dogs during fireworks:
- Walk them during daylight hours to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off;
- Close windows and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks;
- Put on some music or TV to mask the firework sounds;
- Create a quiet space where your dog can feel in control;
- Create some hiding places around your home.
For emergencies, phone Nigel SPCA on 084 485 7029 or Heidelberg SPCA on 016 342 4114.