“#Fireworks noise could be deadly for some pets, vets warn”
Cats, specifically, are at risk of developing life-threatening urethral obstructions from fear due to the incessant pyrotechnics, experts told The Post.
“The stress of fireworks right now is a lot on pets,” said Dr. Natara Loose of The Neighborhood Vet in Brooklyn.
Male felines especially can get stressed out by loud noises, affecting their bladders to the point where they’re unable to urinate.
“What ends up happening is they get an infection in the bladder and their urethra gets spasms… they get a functional obstruction and that can be fatal for them,” said Loose, a veterinarian of 17 years.
Complaints about the illegal pyrotechnics have exploded recently — with a whopping 8,967 gripes reported to the city’s 311 system from June 1 through Sunday, compared to just 28 recorded the previous year.
And as the fiery racket continues, veterinarians have reported an influx of desperate calls from worried pet owners. One woman said she found her cat cowering in the bathtub, and lying in a pool of his own sweat, Loose said.
“For that to happen, it indicates pretty significant stress,” she said.
Nervous furballs may also stop eating, which can lead to liver failure, she added.
Distressed dog owners have been phoning too, reporting that their pups have suddenly stopped wanting to go on walks past a certain time of the night, and how they start to tremble if they do venture outside.
The seemingly constant hail of fireworks has even caused some dog owners to leave the city for their pups’ peace of mind, The Post previously reported.
Manhattan veterinarian Jodie Poller reported an uptick in calls from “panicky” dog owners, many of whom have adopted their pups during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Dogs and fireworks do not mix — they get anxious,” says Poller, owner of First Avenue Veterinary Hospital near Stuy Town. “People are calling for sedation and meds.”
Poller often prescribes an oral drug called Trazodone that acts as an anti-anxiety agent but there are other steps pet owners can take as well to relieve stress — including a calming pheromone spray, a constrictive vest, or trying herbal medication, experts said.
They should also monitor their pets’ routines to make sure they’re eating and relieving themselves.
But, ultimately, “I don’t see them getting relief until the fireworks stop,” Loose said.
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