Victoria Day activities for you and your pets
Victoria Day may be looking very different for us this year, but it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate in our own way! Here are a few activities you can do with your family and pets today.
Activities to do this Victoria Day
Make some homemade treats for your pet
There are lots of great recipes you can find online for whatever type of pet you have at home. Here are some of our favourites!
Teach your pet some new tricks!
Did you know, it isn’t just dogs who can be trained to learn tricks? Cats and rabbits can be trained for certain behaviours too.
Check out the Training and Behaviour Modification page of our Shelter Health Pro website for guides and instructions!
We also have more training tips on our YouTube Channel.
Fireworks? Tips to keep your pets comfortable
If people in your neighbourhood are setting off fireworks, it’s important for you to know how to keep your pet comfortable and happy.
Small animals (e.g., hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits, mice and birds) tend to frighten easily around loud noises. Here are some steps you can take to help them feel more at ease:
- If you’re concerned about noise, you can move your pet’s cage or hutch to an area of the house that’s quieter (e.g., the garage or basement).
- Rodents tend to burrow when they’re frightened, so make sure you provide extra bedding.
- Cover your birdcage or hutch with a blanket or towel to dampen the noise and to block out some of the bright lights.
Dogs and cats
- Keep your pet indoors during firework displays, making sure to close windows and pet doors leading outside. Startled pets will seek a place to hide. That means if your cat or dog manages to get outside, it can be very easy to lose them. Being inside the house will also help dampen any loud noises.
- Make sure your pet is wearing its collar and ID tags (or better yet, make sure your pet is microchipped), just in case your pet gets out.
- Walk your dog before it gets dark to avoid going outside once the fireworks start.
- Have a safe place for your pet to feel at ease, like a crate or other den-like enclosure.
- You can block out some of the flashing lights by keeping curtains closed and by placing a blanket over your pet crate.
- Your pet may pace around, make noise or search for a place to hide. Let your pet be—trying to coddle or comfort your pet will indicate that something is wrong and add to your pet’s anxiety. By staying calm and relaxed, you’ll help reassure your pet that there’s no real danger.
Hats off to you
To all kind-hearted and hard-working people at SPCA: hats off to you. I love animals and admire the work you do.