Did you hear about the town in Italy that banned noisy Fireworks and began using Silent Fireworks instead? Yes, Silent Fireworks are a thing!!
Realizing how many animals were stressed out and how many ran away during celebrations, the town of Collecchio (in the province of Parma) passed an ordinance requiring citizens to use Silent Fireworks. Settee Fireworks the manufacturer of the silent fireworks, tailors the fireworks to fit the venue.
Oh how I wish it would catch on here in the states.
Truthfully, we live far enough from the town celebration so the booms are very faint. If I put the air on and the TV up loud, Sampson doesn’t even notice.
No, it’s not the town celebration that I worry about. It’s the neighborhood fireworks that really does my puppy in. Even with the air on and TV loud, he’s a panting stressed out mess.
We have one neighbor, two houses up that usually has a party on 4th of July and right around 9:30, he starts with the fireworks right in the street. Which can sound SUPER loud when he’s a bit farther uphill from us. Luckily for me, his neighbor across the street will call the police if the noise goes one minute past 10:00 PM.
Recently a friend shared that Melatonin can help dogs with separation anxiety. After speaking with my Vet she suggested it for thunder storms and I figure it might help with the fireworks as well.
And animals aren’t the only ones who suffer from noise phobias. Many of our veterans are suffering from PTSD and loud and sudden noises can send them into a panic.
I know, I know. It’s not 4th of July and I know (at least around here) that many people don’t celebrate with fireworks for Memorial Day weekend. AND I know you all are careful and considerate when celebrating the holidays, but not everyone is.
This has been a public service announcement on behalf of animals and veterans everywhere.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend, from all of us at Heart Like a Dog.