While we love to celebrate the 4th of July, this is an extremely scary time for many of our pets. Fireworks and noise is very frightening for some animals and household festivities can be stressful and pose health risks. This time of the year has the most pets reported missing. Read further for tips on how to keep your pets safe over the holiday.
Prepare in Advance:
- Make sure your pet has updated ID tags and microchip information.
- If your pet is not microchipped, consider doing so. Collars and tags can come off.
- Take a current photo of all of your pets just in case.
- If your pet has a history of being anxious or you may think it will be a problem, speak to your veterinarian about anxiety medications, supplements, and desensitization techniques BEFORE the fireworks and holiday activity starts.
- Make sure their environment is secure. Are fences in good repair? Any holes or areas they could push through? Do gate and door latches secure well?
- Leave your pets at home. Fireworks and unfamiliar environments are extremely scary for some. Consider boarding or hiring a pet sitter if you are going out of town for an extended period of time.
- Put in a safe, escape proof room or crate during fireworks and parties.
- Choose a location in the house that is the quietest area if possible. Keep a radio or TV on to help block out some of the noise from outdoors.
- Go outside with them for bathroom business. Keep on a leash if they are particularly anxious and could bolt (even in fenced yards).
- Keep pets inside when fireworks are being set off.
- Put notes on exit doors and gates to remind guests to keep these closed and secure.
- Don’t let pets near the BBQ or around food tables
- Do not feed or let guests feed your pet table scraps.
- Keep them cool and offer water and shade if they are outdoors. This is a hot time of the year and heat stroke can easily occur.
After the Celebration:
- Check the yard for old fireworks and sparklers before letting them outside. Even if you did not set off any fireworks, debris can drift over from neighbors.
- Pickup any dropped food scraps or other debris that your pet may get into. This includes charcoal and glow sticks.