While Diwali is a beautiful celebration, it’s often accompanied by fireworks, and these loud bangs can severely affect animals. Crackers explode like amplified gunfire in the exquisitely sensitive ears of all animals and these blasts can leave them confused, disorientated, lost, or in a state of severe shock.
And with Guy Fawkes fast approaching, it’s important now more than ever to be responsible and mindful of others while celebrating these events. People often become reckless and ignore any restrictions put in place.
“The SPCA does not enforce the Laws relating to the use of fireworks. The Explosives Act is enforced by the SAPS to whom matters of concern need to be reported. This Act covers sale of fireworks as well as issues relating to the discharge of fireworks in public places. The City of Cape Town has once again not approved any designated sites for the discharge of fireworks and complaints regarding this must be directed to the City of Cape Town by calling 0215961999,” the Cape of Good Hope SPCA states.
To ensure the safety and comfort of your animals, please follow these guidelines on how to keep your pets safe:
- Ensure all animals have identification (micro-chip or dog tag).
- Stay at home with your pets.
- Bring your pets inside and give them access to a room that is safe and secure.
- Mask any noise by drawing the curtains and playing calming music.
- Place familiar objects around them.
- Avoid giving them medication intended for humans.
- If you suspect your pet will react badly to fireworks, seek professional advice from your veterinarian.
Dangerous and illegal behaviour relating to fireworks should be reported in full to SAPS, or to Law Enforcement who enforce by-laws in Cape Town.
Let’s work harder to keep our pets safe.