As UAE residents we have become accustomed to the beautifully lit skies on every special celebration.
We are quick to video record and marvel at these amazing explosions of lights, however, we rarely stop to think about our furry friends.
Let this guide help you comfort them over the New Year period.
Keep your pet safely away from fireworks.
Pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells. It's best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to soften jarring noises.
Even pets who are usually kept outdoors should be brought inside.
If you are going to an event and cannot leave your pet unattended at home, keep them leashed and under your direct control at all times.
If your pet is scared by fireworks, ask a veterinarian for help. There are medications and techniques that might help alleviate your pet's fear and anxiety.
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Why is it important to keep your pets safe during fireworks?
Dogs and cats with particularly sensitive ears may react strongly to the sound of fireworks. Pets may go to extreme lengths to hide, others may get startled and run away, and general anxiety caused by unexpected loud sounds can have a lasting effect on animals.
It is natural for dogs to be afraid of loud noises.
The sounds trigger their nervous systems, and they can become anxious or afraid. Running away from the noise is a survival instinct.
Remember, to your dog, the experience of fireworks is different from other natural loud noises, like thunder.
Fireworks are closer to the ground, more vibrant, and are accompanied by sudden booms, flashes and burning smells. Remember that dogs experience the world through their senses, their nose, eyes and ears.