When a woman returned to her home to find a blood-stained bath and a super stressed out dog, she took to Facebook to vent her frustration. Here’s why you should think twice about fireworks.
By, 21 Jul 2019
Sure, bonfire night is still months away - but people still set off fireworks for various celebrations and occasions. But before you enjoy a dazzling sky display, it’s essential to consider the impact it might have on your neighbourhood pets.
Emma’s story shines a light on the problem with fireworks and dogs:
Frightened for her life
Emma Hilton Everett, who is 33 and lives in Bedfordshire, shared her emotional story on Facebook this week.
She was on her way home from a family reunion when she noticed a firework display lighting up the sky. This wasn’t a pleasant discovery for Emma, who’d left her 5-year-old Staffordshire Bull terrier, Neekah, at home, for a couple of hours.
Neekah is terrified of loud noises and, as it’s the height of summer, Emma had left a few windows ajar to ensure she had plenty of fresh air. Sadly, as she arrived home, Emma was met with an extremely upsetting sight.
In her Facebook post, which has since been shared over 100 times, Emma warns: "This is the consequence of setting off random fireworks so we cannot control her environment. Went out to enjoy a family reunion and come back to a blood-stained bath and wee everywhere.
We weren't even in the same town so couldn't rush home. Just awful.
Please think twice about fireworks. One day the stress will be too much for her and I'll come home to a dead dog from a heart attack."
Neekah had become so upset that she began digging at the floor until her paws began to bleed. On top of this, the shocks had caused her to wet herself several times.
Dogs and fireworks: How to help
Whether you’re a concerned dog owner or a party-animal who loves a firework display, here’s how you can help dogs cope with fireworks:
- If you’re planning on putting on a fireworks display, let your neighbours know. This way, they can ensure their pet is safe by making any necessary precautions. This is especially important if you're putting on a display outside of the expected bonfire and new year period.
- Use noise CD’s to get particularly nervous dogs used to the sound of fireworks and loud noises. If your dog is suffering from extreme anxiety, it’s best to consult your vet for help.
- If you know there’ll be fireworks in town, walk your dog before dusk, close windows, create a calm, safe environment and be ready to comfort them. Toys, blankets and treats can definitely help to distract your dog, too!
- In the worst-case scenario, extremely frightened dogs may well run away. Therefore, it’s essential to ensure your dog is microchipped and wears identification.