July 4th Pet Safety

Fourth of July is a very exciting holiday for us, but it can be scary for pets.

With Independence Day quickly approaching, now is a good time for a refresher course on pet safety during this exciting, and noisy, holiday. While humans may enjoy the shiny and loud fireworks, these may actually be a source of anxiety for your pet. Not only that, but fireworks can be dangerous if your animal–as well as for humans—if anyone’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. Keep reading for some pointers on how to keep your furry companion calm and safe during one of the loudest holidays of the year.

The very first thing to do is find a place where your animal feels safe and secure. This is especially important so that your pooch doesn’t accidentally wander into the fireworks or the firework landing site. While some pets are perfectly fine hearing the loud noises associated with the fireworks, most animals do experience some form of anxiety. Our dog, Thor, is only calm if she is sitting in my mom’s lap watching the fireworks. For critters like this:

  • Allow your pet to have access to its safe spot. This could be a pillow, kennel or just a room it likes to be in. Be sure that they have toys around to play with, or a bone to chew on.
  • Sometimes, familiar noises may help distract your animal from the loud noises of the fireworks. Play some music or have the television on.
  • If your furry friend gets startled by the bright lights, try closing the blinds or curtains.

Although it’s often more fun when your furry companion is with you for celebrations, consider whether Independence Day activities are fun for your pet—or not.

Does your pet get anxious when there are fireworks? Share your tips on pet anxiety with us in the comment section!

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