MANILA - It has been a tradition among Filipinos to ring in the New Year with a bang, but most pets are usually traumatized by the loud sound of firecrackers and fireworks during the revelry.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) on Friday said pets such as dogs and cats usually suffer from a lot of stress due to firecracker explosions.
"We wanted a total ban on firecrackers not only because ear-splitting sounds from firecrackers can cause a lot of stress for dogs and cats but because of the air pollution they cause," PAWS executive director Anna Cabrera said in a statement.
"The loud noise and the smell of exploding firecrackers may result in disorientation, loss of appetite, and an upset stomach for our furry friends," she added.
Here are some of PETA's pet care tips for the New Year revelry:
1. Keep pets indoors, but do not chain or tie them. Tethering for dogs should only be for a limited period, and never during times when the animal could be stressed out due to loud sounds.
2. Exercise pets in the morning so they will be tired by night time and hopefully be resting or fast asleep by the time the New Year revelry begins.
3. Provide a safe refuge for pets like a well-ventilated room with closed windows, and ensure their access to drinking water.
4. Play soothing music or put the TV on to neutralize the noise from the outside.
5. Put a calming wrap or anxiety vest on pets to make them feel protected and secure.
6. If possible, give stray or wandering animals temporary shelter in your yard. Do not shoo them away, give them food and water, and let them stay at least for the night.
Households are also advised to keep plastic bags, cleaning agents, tobacco products, alcoholic drinks and holiday treats such as chocolate, fruit cake, and nuts out of the reach of pets to prevent pet poisoning incidents.