Fireworks can be scary for your pets! Help keep them safe this holiday by following our top tips:
The Fourth of July marks the peak of summer and has people celebrating with patriotism, barbecues, pool parties, and fireworks. While many people enjoy the fireworks displays that commemorate the holiday, our furry friends may not feel the same way. Noisy and often unexpected celebrations, like fireworks, can frighten our pets and put them at risk.
In fact, according to the American Kennel Club, more pets go missing during the July 4th weekend than any other time of the year. Trupanion, a medical insurance company for dogs and cats, notes that they have a 45% increase in anxiety related claims during the month of July, higher than any other month of the year.
The good news is, with the right preparation and knowledge, there are ways to help. Here are 6 tips that you can use to keep your pet safe during fireworks.
- Keep your dog away from fireworks – One of the most obvious solutions is to leave your dog home if you attend a fireworks show. Dogs have hearing that is more sensitive than our own, so any loud noises will be magnified, potentially creating fear and anxiety.
- Create a safe space – Your pets should always have access to a familiar, comfortable, and quiet place to hide. Whether that be a specific room of the house or their crate, your dog will appreciate having a secure and safe place.
- Distractions – Distractions such as high-value treats and toys are a good way to keep pets settled. Some of our favorites are Kong’s with frozen peanut butter or bone broth frozen in ice cube trays. At dusk, close your windows and curtains and turn on music or the television to help muffle the loud noises.
- Exercise – Make time to exercise your pet during daylight hours and keep them safely indoors before the fireworks begin to increase the chances that you’ll avoid the sounds. Double check the fit of your dog’s collar or harness before going out and make sure your dog is secure on a leash.
- Proper ID – There is always the possibility that your pet could get spooked and run away. We recommend ID tags on their collar and a microchip to help ensure their safe return.
- Contact your vet – If your pet’s anxiety is severe, consider talking with your vet about further options to decrease firework-related trauma for your furry friend.
Keep these tips in mind to be sure this holiday is a memorable one for all the right reasons!
We wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day!