However you celebrate July 4th, pet safety should be a top priority. Fireworks often scare animals and it can be a very traumatic night for them. Follow these important pet safety tips to keep animals safe and calm on July 4th.
Don’t take pets to fireworks displays.
Dogs love to get out in public with their people, but very few animals enjoy the sights and sounds of fireworks. Pets hear more acutely than we do. The threatening noise combined with the bright flashes of light sends most animals into panic mode. And, they run to get away. Keeping pets indoors helps them feel protected, so refrain from letting them outside during these times.
Keep home celebrations safe.
When celebrating with friends, remember that in stressful environments your pet can behave differently than normal. Keeping your pet in a crate or separate room is the safest and least stressful option for them. This is also not the ideal time to introduce your pet to new people or other pets. A familiar routine and environment will help keep them feeling comfortable. Lastly, be mindful of any unfamiliar food being given to your pet during a home celebration or cookout.
Create a calm environment.
The sound of fireworks causes anxiety for many pets. Here are a few pet safety tips to help your pet during this noisy night.
- A crate can feel like a safe space for most dogs. If they are in their crate, try putting a blanket over it.
- Turn on music or a television to help mute the sound of fireworks.
- Give them a peanut-butter-stuffed Kong toy or high value treat to hold their interest.
- Use diffusers for pet-safe essential oils.
- Try an anxiety-relieving dog vest like a Thundershirt®.
- Schedule potty breaks and meals before the fireworks start.
- Be sure to comfort your pet.
ID tags and microchips are your pet’s ticket home.
Make sure your pets are wearing identification and are microchipped, especially on July 4th. If they get lost, they can be reunited with you. Be sure to double-check the information on your pet’s microchip to ensure it is up-to-date.