With the 4th of July around the corner, Americans are getting ready to once again enjoy the booms and flashing lights of fireworks. But did you know that fireworks can be scary for pets and can even be overwhelming and dangerous?
On Fourth of July celebrations, many pets become so frightened by the noise and commotion of fireworks that they run from otherwise familiar environments and people, and sadly become lost.
Humane Society has provided tips on keeping your pet calm during the loud festivities.
1. Keep your pet safely away from fireworks
Pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells. On the Fourth of July, and other days people are likely to set off fireworks, it’s best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to soften the disturbing noises. Even pets who are usually kept outdoors should be brought inside.
If you are going to a 4th of July Independence Day event and cannot leave your pet unattended at home, keep them leashed and under your direct control at all times.
2. If your pet is scared by fireworks, ask a veterinarian for help
Pet parents can speak to veterinarians ahead of their planned celebration. There are medications and techniques that might help alleviate your pet’s fear and anxiety.
Human Society has previously published tips on helping your dog cope with loud noises including thunder and other sounds.
3. Protect your pet from heat stroke during summer festivities
Another reason to keep your pets away from the often noisy celebrations of summer is heat. High temperatures put your pet at risk of heat stroke, which can become deadly very quickly. Keep an eye on your pets and act immediately if you see any signs of heatstroke.
Never leave your pet in a parked car, even if the day doesn’t seem that warm. The temperature outside may be a 72 degrees Fahrenheit, but the temperature inside a closed vehicle can rocket to a fatal 116 degrees (Fahrenheit) in less than an hour.
Hot pavement can also be dangerous to unprotected paws; if it’s too hot for you to hold your hand to the ground for five seconds, it’s not safe for your dog to walk on. C
4. Safeguard your pet with a collar and ID tag
All pets, even those kept indoors full-time, should always wear collars with ID tags. Indoor-only pets can become so frightened during fireworks displays that they may take desperate measures to escape the noise, including breaking through windows or door screens. Pet parents should also ensure that their pet is microchipped and that the chip is properly registered with your current contact information.
If your pet does become lost, contact your local animal control and surrounding shelters immediately and follow the Humane Society’s advice for finding your pet.
If you find a lost pet, either take them to the address on their tag or bring them to a local animal shelter so they can be reunited with their family.
While various parts of the globe are still coming out of lockdown, many states in the US are open and many cities are planning on celebrating the weekend with fireworks festivities. Therefore it is important to know if there any celebrations around your area so that you can take the necessary precautions with your pet to ensure they are comfortable and away from the loud sounds.
The Humane Society’s tips, which are incredibly valuable, also apply to fireworks festivities around the world. It is no secret that many dogs are frightened by the sound of fireworks and following these tips will go a long way in helping ensure your festivities do not make your canine companion uncomfortable, terrified, or worse, run away.