By: Dr. Dietsch | June 27, 2019
Independence Day festivities can be an extremely stressful time for pets, and more pets go missing on the 4th of July than any other holiday. Here are some helpful tips to help keep your pet safe, secure and as calm as possible during the noisy celebrations:
- Keep your pets indoors. When taking your dog out, keep him/her on a leash. Do not leave your pets unattended outside.
- Double check that your yard is secure enough to contain your pet.
- If you’re having guests at your home for the 4th of July, ask them to help keep an eye on your pets to be certain they don’t escape. Put notes on your doors and gates to remind guests to watch out for your pets.
- Turn on the radio, TV, or fan to muffle the sound of fireworks.
- Make sure your pet is wearing some form of identification, like a current ID tag.
- Microchip your pet. If your pet already has a microchip, be sure to keep your information is current.
- Take a current photo of your pet that you can share online and show to your neighbors if your pet goes missing.
- Distract your pet with something fun. Toys and treats can help your pet relax while cuddling and consoling your pet may cause more fear.
- Consider keeping your pet’s crate in a safe room from which they cannot escape during fireworks.
- If your pet has been anxious during the 4th of July holiday in past years, consider using a Thundershirt or swaddling your pet to help keep them calm. Adaptil products, which release calming pheromones, are another tool that works well. If your pet is extremely anxious, you may want to consider seeing a vet to discuss medications that can help with their anxiety.
- Keep items that can harm your pet, such as fireworks, matches, lighter fluid, alcohol, food scraps, glow jewelry, citronella candles, insect coils and tiki torch oil out of their reach.
- Do not use sunscreen or insect repellent on your pets unless it is specifically formulated to be used for pets.
- Keep your pets away from BBQ grills that are in use or still hot from use.
- After the celebration, check your yard for debris, such as fireworks or dangerous food scraps, before letting your pets out.