4th of July is fun for some people…. but not for our animal friends. Unfortunately, more pets go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. Our pets have a much better and more sensitive distant hearing than us humans do, so to them, the fireworks are like a war zone. Please make sure to keep your pets safe and comforted.
How to Keep Your Pets Safe
- Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered and quiet area.
Some animals can become very destructive and panic when frightened. Be sure that you’ve removed any items that your pet could destroy, get injured by or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed. Use a crate or secure room so he or she can feel safe (den).
- Leave your pets at home with a person if you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be too frightening to pets, and there’s a great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
- Close windows and doors. Keep the area cool and ventilated. Leave calming dog music, TV or radio playing at normal volume to keep him company and drown out 4th of July firework noises. Check out caninelullabies.com and use “FFR” at the shelter code number when you purchase.) YouTube and other online music (amazon music, Spotify, etc.) all have calming dog/cat music.
- Best to stay home with your pet. Make sure to give your dog extra exercise during the day to help relieve anxiety prior to fireworks.
- Make sure your pet is wearing current and updated ID Tags and Microchipped in case your pet gets lost or bolts. Have a current photo of your pet on hand in case you need to make lost flyers/postings.
- If your pet does go missing, make sure to search immediately. Check your local animal shelters and vet offices to see if someone brought your pet in. Post on Nextdoor, social media, and around your neighborhood that you are looking for your pet.
- Keep all sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from curious pets.
- Don’t let pets get near your BBQ grill while it is in use or still hot.
- Inform your guests, not to feed party foods to your pets. Be especially careful to keep them away from these common foods that are actually toxic.
You can purchase “stress & anxiety” supplements to help calm their nerves. A lot of online pet stores via the Furry Friends Shopping page. (Shopping from these links will donate a %s to FFR!) TranQuil tablets have helped our dogs (Sold at Waggin Tail, Union City, AmazonSmile and other pet stores.
- Fourth of July Safety Tips by ASPCA
- July 4 safety by American Veterinary Medical
- Four tips to help pets have a happy Fourth of July by Best Friends Animal Society