(comment – don’t forget about reducing anxiety in PTSD sufferers, etc)

Town In Italy Switches To Silent Fireworks To Reduce Anxiety In Animals


If you’re a dog owner, there’s probably one thing you dread about holidays like New Year’s Eve or the Fourth of July. Fireworks scare dogs. Imagine you have no idea what fireworks are. Suddenly you see bright lights and hear explosions coming from the sky. You’d be pretty terrified, too. Fireworks wreak havoc on animals, and vet visits skyrocket around holidays where fireworks are common. Dogs, with their sensitive hearing, are especially vulnerable, and many hurt themselves trying to escape or hide. They can run and risk getting lost hit by cars.

One town in Italy is taking a big step to reduce the fear of fireworks in their non-human population. The local government of Collecchio made a law that fireworks in their town must be silent. It’s a way of reducing the stress that the loud noises cause to animals–not just pets, but wildlife, as well. There’s a company called Setti Fireworks that makes these silent explosives and can customize them for each event.

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A black and brown dog lies on his side with his paw covering his eyes.

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Anything that reduces the amount of stress that my dogs feel around holidays is a good thing in my book. Loud noises can cause heart problems, nausea, and even panic attacks for pets. I’ve spent many holidays comforting my shaking dogs, trying to turn up the radio to drown out noises, and keeping them calm. I  always enjoy the lights more than the sounds of fireworks anyway.

What do you think? Would you support noiseless fireworks to help keep animals safe? Or do you think the loud sounds are necessary to enjoy fireworks? Let us know in the comments below.
Read more at http://dogtime.com/trending/33475-town-italy-switches-silent-fireworks-reduce-anxiety-animals#6M2MImV7TPtSxAzv.99

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  1. Let me put it this way…it’s like someone parking a planet size mothership near Earth orbit therefore effecting the unsuspecting dwellers. It’s kind of nice not to scare anyone like that 🙂 Cloaking it would be nice.

  2. This is a relief not only to animals, but also to humans and the elemental creatures, like faries, etc. Mother Mary says that such loud noises banish the elemental creatures and therefore the big cities today look like deserts, on the other hand when you are in a pure, beautiful nature you can sense fullness and elevation of vibration.

  3. I’m so happy with this initiative, great! My cat used to look absolutely devastated, when the firework began at 0.00 Newyears day. The only way to calm him was taking him under the covers in bed and
    start reading a book, with the curtains closed. We both had such fun, grinning at each other, for he began to purr like mad and every now and than, when I took a peek under the covers, he looked at me with big eyes, sparkling with contentment. Normally he wasn’t allowed in the bedroom.

    Hopefully, this initiative will spread like wildfire 😉


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