Simple steps can help keep your pet calm during fireworks
WHILE it can break your heart to watch your dog shiver in fright as fireworks fill the sky this Australia Day, Condamine Veterinarian Clinic vet nurse Zoe Cox said sometimes comforting them does more harm than good.
"Providing a safe place for them is what is needed," Ms Cox said.
"They don't need a lot of attention because that can encourage fear.
"Cuddling them gives them comfort at the time, but the next time it happens they can get very frantic about it.
"If you change your behaviour when fireworks are on, they pick up on that and notice your attitude has changed."
Ms Cox said it was best to act normal during fireworks, and storm season alike, and ensure the dog could not run away.
"If there is already a known fear of fireworks, the best idea can be to put them in a room with some music on or a movie so they can't hear the noise," she said.
She said ensuring your pet was microchipped in case it ran away was also extremely important.
"Number one, the dog should have a collar on with a phone number so people can phone the owner," she said.
"If the collar breaks off when they're escaping, then at least they have a microchip, which can't fall off.
"Then if you do find a dog, take it to the nearest vet and get them to scan the microchip."