It's that time of year again! While many people enjoy celebrating the Fourth with fireworks and music, our furry family members are often much less excited about them. Here are some safety tips to help keep your pets safe and happy this Fourth:
Try to complete outdoor activities, such as walking or letting your pet outside to use the bathroom, during the day. This is both to tire them out and to keep them from possibly getting scared and running away while outside should fireworks be going off. If you have to let them out during the evening/night, consider using a leash so they don't run away.
Consider keeping your feline friends indoors for the entirety of the day/night. Kitties can get scared and wander much farther than they normally would and become lost.
Make sure your pet's microchip is updated, as well as collar tags, so someone can contact you should they find your lost pet. Call your local humane society/animal control immediately if your pet goes missing. You can also check our Lost and Found Pets page for more resources.
Have your pet's anxiety medications prepared. Contact your regular daytime veterinarian for a prescription if you feel your pet needs them.
Make sure you have a nice comfy space prepared for your pet, preferably their favorite spot, and give them blankets and pillows to hide under, toys to play with, and treats for extra cheer. You can also put them in an escape-proof room, preferably without windows. Thunder Shirts can also be very helpful for anxiety.
If you have smaller caged pets, place a blanket or a towel partly over the cage. Make sure they have a place to burrow or hide.
If you are leaving your home to participate in festivities, consider leaving some calming music or sounds to help soothe your pet. Consider leaving your pet at home if you're attending a show/party with fireworks. A pet sitter can also help. Also let any guests know to keep watch for your pet just in case.
Keep any fireworks, lit or unlit, far away from pets. Never light your fireworks near your pets, as they can get burned.
If you're having guests over, make sure everyone is aware of any potential trash or toxins such as alcohol and marijuana, as these can make pets sick.
Don't forget your outdoor pets! Make sure they are secure and have a safe place to be.
Stay safe, stay alert, and have a wonderful Fourth of July!