NYE Fireworks Can Be Terrifying to Dogs and Cats

Fireworks are anything but celebratory to cats and dogs. When animals hear these explosions, many of them panic and jump over fences, break chains, or even break through windows in an attempt to escape the terrifying noises.

Fireworks also cause wildlife to flee onto roads and into buildings or abandon their nests.

People can help protect animals by taking the following precautions:

  • Keep cats and dogs indoors. Never leave animals tethered or penned outside—they can hang themselves if they leap over a fence while trying to run from the noise.
  • If you witness someone setting off illegal fireworks, call the authorities right away.
  • Never take animals with you to watch fireworks displays! If you know in advance that there will be fireworks in your area, try to stay home with your animals and calm them.
  • Close your windows and curtains. To help drown out the sounds, use fans or white noise and turn on the TV or a radio that’s tuned to a classical music station.
  • Purchase a ThunderShirt, which can help your dog or cat cope with the stress of fireworks. Other ways to keep animals calm include playing specially formulated music from iCalm and giving them the natural supplement melatonin, which is available at health food stores. (Consult your veterinarian first.)
  • Make sure that your animal companion is microchipped and wearing a collar or harness with an up-to-date identification tag—just in case.
  • Take dogs for a long walk or a run in the evening before fireworks start to help tire them out.