There’s a reason July 5 is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters: fireworks are downright terrifying to your pet. It’s not every day that animals experience the flashes, pops, and whistles of fireworks, nor is it possible for them to appreciate the display as a celebration of our country’s freedom the way we humans do. But that’s okay, because we’ve gathered a couple of quick safety tips to help keep your pal at ease this Independence Day.
- Proper I.D. If there’s ever a time to make sure their collar is secure and tags and/or chips are up to date, it’s now. Don’t have them? Now’s definitely the time to buy them.
- Inside is Ideal. The safest place for your pet during the flashy festivities is indoors. Be sure to keep doors closed or designate a room for them – preferably toward the back of the house, if possible. If you plan on having company, put signs on doors asking guests to close them or a friendly reminder to avoid going into your pal’s room.
- *Quick Tip: Make sure to put a few of their favorite playthings in the room, too. And be sure to pop in sporadically to soothe your pet and remind them they haven’t been forgotten.
- Keep it Pet Friendly. With bug sprays, BBQ’ed bones, and alcoholic drinks in the mix, there’s a lot about the Fourth that simply isn’t meant for pets; be sure guests aren’t feeding your pet table scraps and only use pet-friendly insect repellents on animals if they’re going to be outside.
- It’s Always Best to Be Safe. There’s no way around it: fireworks are dangerous for both pets and humans alike. Be sure whoever is lighting and extinguishing the fireworks is using the proper precautions to keep everyone safe. It’s especially important to put pets inside for the firework display; animals with a strong prey drive may try to go after the explosive, others may be triggered to run away in fear, and others can get really hurt simply by being a bystander. The best way to avoid any unnecessary injuries or losses is by keeping your pal inside (and we think they’ll be happy to be there!)
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July celebration!