Pet Safety and Fireworks
By: Jennifer Jacobs
It’s summertime and for many of us in the USA, that means lots of outdoor activities like BBQs, parties, and fireworks on the 4th of July. This weekend can be lots of fun for us, but for our pets who may struggle with fearfulness and anxiety, it can be very stressful.
According to PetAmberAlert, a company that helps furry family members find their way home after they get lost, animal control officials across the nation report a 30% plus increase in lost pets each year between July 4th-July 6th.
Dogs and cats have acute sensitive hearing and loud unpredictable noises can cause fear and anxiety reactions triggering fight or flight responses.
Here are some tips to help keep anxious fur babies stay safe during the holiday weekend.
Be prepared. Talk to your vet and see if they recommend a calming remedy such as a prescription medication or natural calming supplement that may be helpful for your pet.
Ensure your pet’s tags are affixed properly to their collar and your microchip information is up to date.
Take your dog out earlier in the day for a long walk and some exercise. Your pup may be too frightened to go outside once the fireworks start which could lead to accidents inside. If you do need to take your pet outside, make sure the leash is secure and you don’t get distracted in case your pet decides to 'bolt'.
Keep your pets indoors and if you can, stay home with them or have someone stay home with them.
Make sure their favorite safe place is available. Make sure crates are open and hiding spots are easily accessible.
Close windows and shades/curtains to muffle noise and blackout flashes of light.
If you’re having guests over, keep your pets secured in a low-traffic or do-not-disturb room. Turn on the TV (who doesn’t enjoy a good binge night) or music to mask the noise outside and supply them with their favorite treats and toys. Before you let your pets back out: ensure windows, doors, and gates are secure in case one of your visitors forgot to close them properly.
Keep fireworks and matches out of reach of curious noses.
Don’t forget there’s always that one kid who wants to eat everything. So, keep an eye out for debris when you let them out in the yard or take them out for a walk.
Ignore the fireworks yourself. Pets pick up on your cues and will enjoy a relaxing time with their favorite hoomans!
We hope some of these tips help you and your furry loved ones. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!
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