We can all agree we love 4th of July.
…but do our pets feel the same?
In a recent survey*, 44% of pet parents said fireworks scare their pets.
How can you make your pets feel safe and comfortable during the 4th of July festivities?
Pet Safety Tips for 4th of July
Our friends at Turner Animal Hospital gathered some tips & tricks for helping your pets cope with fireworks this season. Check it out below:
- Don’t wait to plan. Consult your veterinarian about any changes you can make in the short term to help your pet. There are many steps you can take to help your pets feel safe during fireworks, but don’t wait till the last minute. Take action early.
- Build a safe space for your furry friend. Fill it with toys and other comfort objects that they can hang out with. This will help to increase their familiarity and reduce anxiety.
- Got ID? If you are planning to take your pets out of of the house this 4th of July, be sure they have proper identification. It is common for pets to dart away at loud noises. Don’t let them get lost. Make sure their collar is securely fastened with their name tag & microchip them if possible.
- It is better to leave your pets at home during the festivities. Even if you want them included in the fun, there are many ways they can be hurt. Be sure to consider fireworks safety for your pet.
- Don’t take pets out after dark. Obviously, fireworks displays start once the sun has gone down. Some neighborhoods allow fireworks to be done in streets as well. Walk your dog during the light hours to minimize the amount of fireworks they are exposed to.
- Ask your vet if there are options for reducing stress and anxiety with supplements. Some pets may not need this extreme of a solution, but many do. (One of our dogs is terrified and the other loves fireworks)
- Distractions work best. Personally, our dogs love Modern Family, but any TV show, music, or movie will do. You can also fill their safe space with new toys for them to explore. The noise & new toys will help to drown out the noise & commotion happening outside. Your pets will be focused on what’s happening inside rather than the loud noises.
If you think about your pets’ needs early, there are simple steps you can take to make a big difference. Then, your pets can enjoy 4th of July too! (Just maybe not the same way we do.)
If you want more tips or personalized advice, reach out to your local veterinarian to discuss options for your pets. The caring & friendly staff at Turner Animal Hospital is a great resource for your furry family!
*PDSA, Online Survey 2013