For many animals, fireworks are an assault on the senses. They sound terrifying, smell awful, and the roaring, crowded celebrations can cause them immense anxiety. If you know there is going to be a New Year's Eve event in your Hawaii neighborhood that involves fireworks, make sure your pet is safe.
Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital in Waipahu, HI has put together this guide on how you can protect your pet, not just from the fire hazards themselves, but from the commotion:
- Keep Pets Indoors: The sound of fireworks is terrifying enough to get pets running and hiding for safety. Keep your pet inside on New Year's Eve to ensure he or she doesn't get lost or injured. To escape the booming noise, they may spend a lot of time under beds or desks; you can help make them more comfortable by leaving a pet bed or box in one of these areas.
- Don't Leave Pets Unattended: If you're going out to a New Year's Eve party, do not leave your pets unattended at home, as they could injure themselves accidentally in their fear. Particularly sensitive pets can even get heart attacks from the anxiety. Instead of leaving your pet alone, make arrangements either with a trusted friend or with Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital's 24/7 supervised pet boarding facility.
- Have A Plan: Does your pet wear an ID tag or have a microchip? Just in case your pet makes a run for it, make sure there is an easy way for him or her to be identified and returned to you. Microchipping at Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital is a very fast and convenient procedure, and it can save your pet's life in an emergency. Even indoor pets can get so scared that they'll make a desperate escape out the door.
Fireworks are a serious issue for pets. For after-hours emergency pet services or to make a microchipping appointment, you can reach Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital at (808) 671-7387. Waipahu's leading veterinary hospital is also available online.