The 4th of July is right around the corner, which means fireworks will light up the sky—and your pooch might wonder what in the world is going on.
If you’ve got pets, you might have been dreading this weekend, when fireworks will go off all over the country.
If you have no plans to avoid using fireworks, there are some things you can do to make sure your dog is as safe as possible.
While fireworks, barbeques and other 4th of July traditions are fun for us, for our pets it’s frightening or even dangerous.
How to Keep Dog's Calm During Fireworks
Fireworks are noisy, the booming, firecrackers can scare even the calmest pet.
The debris from fireworks and food lying around can harm our pets, causing unhealthy reactions, ending up with sick pets. You can make some 4th of July homemade dog treats, just for your pet so they can have some goodies as well to prevent them from eating off the floor.
Whether you’re planning a 4th of July celebration at your home or you are going somewhere and leaving your pet behind, it’s important to take precautions.
Prepare ahead of Time
- Your dogs or cats should have up-to-date identification information.
- Have your pets micro-chipped and registered.
- There is a free microchip registry for your pets. You can register your pet's microchip at the Free Chip Pet Registry. This is the best way to get your pets back if they become lost.
- Take a current photo of your pets. You never know when you’ll need it.
If your pet has a tendency toward anxiousness, consider a calming coat.
These coats are an anti-anxiety and stress reliever for dogs.
If you’ve ever swaddled a baby to calm him or her down, a calming coat provides the same therapy for an anxious pet.
Other Tips for Preparing Early
I always recommend keeping your pets indoors during the fireworks celebration.
If you’re your pet must be outdoors, check your yard to make sure it is safe and secure. That your pet can’t get out of the yard.
- It’s best to leave your pets at home instead of going out with you to see the fireworks. Even familiar friends, homes, being outdoors can scare a pet.
- When leaving your pet home, consider having them in a safe escape-proof room. I leave the television or radio on to help drown out the sound of the fireworks.
Keeping the Dogs Calm
- Ask your guests to help keep an eye out for your pets.
- Remind your guests and kids to keep the sparklers or fireworks away from the pets.
- Keep your pets away from the hot barbecue grills.
- Don’t feed your pet table scraps. Even the most resilient dog's tummy can get upset during fireworks.
- If it's hot or humid, consider keeping your pets inside. Make sure they have plenty of water and shade.
When You Have to Be Out of Town
- Consider leaving your pet with a pet sitter or a kennel. Talk with the kennel on their plans to keep the animals calm and secure during the fireworks celebration. Most kennels will leave a radio on to help cover and calm the most scared of pets.
- Take a familiar bed, blanket, or even one of your t-shirts with you to the kennels. Your scent will help keep your pet calm.
Clean Up After the Fireworks
You’ll want to check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing your pet outdoors. There have been times my neighbors set off fireworks only to have it land in my yard.