Firework Safety Tips for Pet Owners

The 4th of July is one of the most festive holidays we celebrate in the United States. It’s a day full of friends, family, and fireworks. While the colorful and awe-inspiring fireworks represent celebration for us, it’s a whole different story for dogs and cats.

For pets, the loud sounds and lights of fireworks are incredibly frightening. In fact, more pets run away from home on July 4th than any other day of the year. If the pet is picked up by local animal control and taken to your city or county shelter, they are the lucky ones. The sad reality is that many pets bolt out of fear trying to “get away” from the fireworks and can end up miles away from home. And anytime a lost pet is out on the streets, there is a high chance of the pet being hit by a car. As pet owners ourselves, this is one of the worst things that can happen to our furry best friend. But there are things you can do to prepare your pet and keep them safe during this holiday.

Tips to keep your pets safe during the July 4th holiday.

These tips are not limited to only July 4th. Please continue to follow these firework safety tips until you no longer hear fireworks in your area.

  • Keep your pets indoors.
    There is no better way to prevent your pet from running away than keeping your pets indoors. Make sure to close and secure all windows and doggy doors to prevent your pets from finding a way out.
  • Cover all windows.
    The bright lights of fireworks can be scary and disorienting to pets. Cover your windows with blinds and/or curtains.
  • Turn on some white noise.
    A good way to drown out the boom of fireworks outside is to turn on some white noise inside your home. Turning on the TV and radio can help drown out the noise. If you have a young puppy, you can work on desensitizing your dog to loud noises. This needs to be done carefully and slowly. More information can be found at The Whole Dog Journal, “Dogs With An Unhealthy Fear of Loud Noises.”
    Never try to “desensitize” your dog by taking them to a firework display! You will likely do more harm in traumatizing your pet.
  • Distract them with play.
    If your dog loves being active, try to distract them with some active playtime. A game of tug-of-war, a new plush toy, or even a game of fetch might help them focus on playtime with you.
  • Prepare a safe place.
    Where is your pet’s favorite place in the home? It might be a dark corner in a closet, on top of your bed, or their kennel. Wherever it is, make sure they have access to this place. Place their favorite toys or blankets nearby so they feel as comfortable as possible. Do not try to coax your pet away from their safe place, but check on them every couple of hours.
  • Stay home.
    If you can, stay home. Stay home to play, talk, and cuddle with your pet. Your simple presence can be your pet’s best comfort. Furthermore, by staying home, you will have a greater chance of preventing your pet from running away.

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We hope these tips help you prepare for the upcoming holiday. We wish you and your furry friend a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Posted June 22, 2016 by Animal Surgical in Noteworthy, Pet Health with No Comments and tagged as , , ,

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