Summer is a season for watermelon, swimming, outdoor fun, and fireworks. Fireworks are part of many summertime celebrations, but if precautions are not taken, fireworks can be a dangerous activity. One of my aunts was seriously injured by an errant firework blast when she was a little girl. To this day, she still carries a scar on her chest and stomach from the explosion.
Although we often take precautions to keep ourselves and our children safe, we often forget to think about the other creatures we have responsibility for – our pets and livestock.
According to Blue Cross for pets, thousands of animals are injured each year due to fireworks. Even if an animal is not physically hurt by the explosion, the noise can damage an animal’s ears. Animals of all kinds have a more acute sense of hearing than people, which means that the loud explosions can be quite terrifying to pets and farm animals alike!
Tips for Keeping Pets Safe during Firework Displays
Allow your animals plenty of exercise before the fireworks display. A tired pet is a pet who is less likely to freak out and try to run away when explosions start.
Lock all pets indoors during a fireworks display. If you do not bring your animals into the house, lock them inside a kennel or pen until the display is finished. This will prevent the animals from trying to run away.
Make sure house pets have a “den” with their favorite comfort items so they can feel safe when explosions start.
Don’t force an animal to come out of hiding during the fireworks. It is possible that the animal will be more violent than usual due to stress and fright.
Don’t bring pets to community firework displays. A pet may try to run away, turn violent, or otherwise disrupt the event. Pets do not generally enjoy fireworks and will be stressed by the event even if they “behave.”
Tips for Keeping Farm Animals Safe during Firework Displays
When possible, bring animals indoors inside a barn or other shelter during a fireworks display. Add extra bedding or creature comforts so the animals feel safe.
If you have caged animals that you cannot bring inside a building and away from the noise, use blankets draped over the cage so the animal cannot see the fireworks and so the sound is muffled. Make sure that the animals have enough ventilation if you use this trick. Periodically check the cages to ensure the animals aren’t getting too hot.
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For larger animals, like goats, horses, or pigs, move your firework celebration as far away from the animal’s cage as possible. Make sure you don’t shoot the fireworks toward any animal pens to avoid injuries.
Have someone stay with the livestock during the fireworks display to ensure the animals do not get hurt and to provide a calming presence.
How do you keep your pets and livestock safe during fireworks displays?