More pets go missing on July 4th than any other date. The loud fireworks and outside activities are a perfect storm for dogs and cats alike to get loose, scared, and run away.
Check off these tips to make it a great and safe celebration for every furry member of your family:
- Take your dog for a long walk before any celebrations begin. It’s a great chance to wear out their energy and let them potty.
- Never use fireworks near your pet. The noise is exceptionally spooky to them and may cause them to bolt away in fear. Plus, they may get burned.
- Ensure your pets are wearing collars with current ID tags on them. And because collars can sometimes come off, it’s a great bet to have your pets microchipped as well.
- Festivals, especially those with fireworks or even sparklers, are a bad mix for pets on any holiday and carry extra risk. July 4th is even worse.
- If you leave your pet at home, make sure that all windows and doors are closed and secured. Draw down all shades and blinds to limit the light from fireworks.
- Wherever you leave your pet, try playing soothing music to drown out any stray firework celebrations you can’t plan for in advance.
- Give your pet something to play with such as a toy or chew that can last for hours.
- Consider staying at home with your pet this year to ensure their complete safety.
- If your pet is extremely anxious around loud noises and lights (like during thunderstorms, too) then consult a veterinarian about other ways to calm your pet.