Mum Highlights Trauma Fireworks Can Cause Dogs With Picture Of Bloodied Bath
There are a few things that we should all know about dogs by now: they die in hot cars, they're the best and they don't like fireworks.
One mum has highlighted just how much trauma fireworks can cause dogs by sharing a picture of her bloodied bath on Facebook.
Having been out to a family reunion, Emma Hilton Everett returned to find the bath full of blood and urine on the floor.
The 33-year-old said her Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Neekah, is petrified of fireworks and had scratched away at the bath in panic, cutting open her paws.
Mrs Hilton Everett, from Dunstable, UK, accompanied the picture of the bath with a warning that people should 'think twice about fireworks'.
She said: "This is the consequence of setting off random fireworks so we cannot control her environment. Went out to enjoy a family reunion and came back to a blood-stained bath and wee everywhere. We weren't even in the same town so couldn't rush home. Just awful.
"Please think twice about fireworks. One day the stress will be too much for her and I'll come home to a dead dog from a heart attack."
Dozens of people expressed their disgust in the comments, with the upset dog owner explaining that Neekah's suffering was made all the worse by the random nature of the fireworks, which meant they had not prepared as well as they could have.
She said: "It's a random weekend in July. You don't expect fireworks to go off.
"Because we weren't expecting them we had no music etc on and windows were open so must've been awful for her."
Ideally, on a day when you know there's definitely going to be fireworks, such as New Year's Eve, you should ensure your dog is in the most soundproof room in the house and have music or the TV on a high volume to mask the banging.
Giving your dog an extra long walk during the day can also help to tire them out, making them less responsive and potentially enabling them to sleep through all the commotion.
On 4 July in the US, a group of Good Samaritans went beyond just taking care of their own pet though, swerving all of the celebrations in favour of spending the evening comforting dogs in shelters.
Featured Image Credit: Emma Hilton Everett