Fireworks....out with the Bang! - News from Meagan

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Meagan Boltney - Veterinary Nutritional Advisor | Vangate Branch

Attention all pet owners - great news - Fireworks is officially banned in Cape Town. 

Although very pretty to watch, the City has reminded residents, in terms of Section 30 of the Explosive Act of 1956, the use of any fireworks in public area holds a fine of up to R200.00, selling fireworks to anyone under the age of 16 years holds a R300.00 fine and allowing a child or person under the age of 16 to handle fireworks holds a fine of R300.00. (To report the illegal use of fireworks: Dial 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone)

With this in mind, some people still have no regard for the safety of our pets and should you find yourself in an area where fireworks are being deployed, please take note of these top tips to keep your pets feeling safe and secure:

*  Walk you dog before fireworks start

*  Stay at home with your pet on Guy Fawkes / Diwali / New Year's Eve etc

*  Ensure that pet collars, tags and microchip information is up to date

*  Play soothing sounds or white noise to calm your pets

*  Keep treats at hand as a distraction

*  If your pet has a history of anxiety, ensure that your over the counter (pet friendly) sedatives are at hand

*  Use a crate or keep your pet in a quiet room

*  Anxiety may cause excessive panting and drooling, make sure your pet stays well hydrated.