The Fourth of July is a celebration of all things America and the birth of independence in the good ole US of A typically marked with backyard barbecues, family get togethers, and spectacular fireworks. But for our four-legged furry friends, the Fourth is most often a terrifying time.
The thunderous sounds and flashing lights of fireworks and can be frightening, overwhelming and even hazardous for pets.
Trying to escape from the sights and sounds of fireworks, often results in a spike in lost and runaway pets during this national holiday.
However, there are some ways that you can ensure a safe holiday season for your pets:
Avoid all fireworks - Don’t bring your pets to the fireworks display. Instead, it’s best to keep your pets safely indoors during fireworks. Our furry friends are extremely sensitive to flashing lights, strong smells, and booming noises. To help drown out any fireworks and minimize anxiety, keep pets in an escape-proof room with a music playing or the TV turned on.
Be prepared - Keep in mind that some areas also allow individuals to purchase fireworks and your neighbors may decide to shoot some off without warning. If that’s the case have a safe space for your pet that you can go to immediately. Be sure to close the windows and curtains and turn on the radio or TV to drown out the noise. You can also ask your vet ahead of time for meds that will help alleviate your pet’s fear and anxiety. Also, many recommend purchasing a thundershirt for your dog to help relieve the stress.
Update IDs and tags - Make sure that all your pet’s ID tags have the most current contact information and that they are microchipped. And all pets, even those kept indoors full-time, should always wear collars with ID tags. Indoor-only pets often become so terrified during fireworks that they will break through a window or door screen to escape. If your pet does become lost, contact your local animal control and surrounding shelters immediately.