Dealing with Pets on 4th of July

Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe on the 4th of July

The 4th of July can be stressful for pets due to fireworks. Create a safe space, use soft music, keep them indoors, and ensure they have proper ID.

The 4th of July can be a very festive occasion with gatherings, celebrations, barbecues and special events. For pet owners, it can be quite stressful navigating ways to keep pets safe and calm. Let’s face it, no pets enjoy fireworks. The sudden and very loud explosive noise of firecrackers, whistling bottle rockets and larger fireworks can startle our pets and frighten them causing anxiety and fear.

If your pet has exhibited fear of loud noises, such as thunder, you can be sure they will be frightened by the sound of fireworks. Preparing in advance can help your pet to feel safe in what can be a confusing and upsetting time for them.

Make a safe space in your home your pet can retreat to where they feel comfortable and cozy. Put their favorite toys, bedding, and something with your scent on it help them feel secure.

Keep doors and windows closed to buffer any sudden loud noises or flashing lights from fireworks. You can also create a diversion with soft music or a television program or movie that is low key and relaxing.

While many pet parents like to go out to see the fireworks, it’s always a good idea to stay home, or have someone familiar sit with your pet, to keep them from getting overexcited with fear.

Make sure your pet has proper identification on a name tag or a Ring tag, which has a QR code that can be scanned by any smartphone should the unexpected escape occur. This will ensure that anyone who finds your pet can quickly contact you.

Give your pets plenty of exercise early in the day to help them expend enough energy to reduce anxiety. Feed your pet before the festivities begin because a full stomach can also have a calming effect.

Keep yourself relaxed, especially if your pet is anxious. Pets are sensitive to your energy so by remaining calm and reassuring you will not add to their stress and anxiety. Some pets can benefit from being held, petted or even brushed and massaged, while others just want to be alone in their quiet space. If your pet does not like to be alone, keep them company and keep reassuring them that it’s okay and you are there with them.

For dog parents, you might want to consider an anxiety vest, such as a Thunder Shirt, to help them feel calm and secure. Dogs should also have access to fresh water and food or treats and toys. Most cats feel secure when they have a hiding place. If your cat does not already have their special place, now is a good time to create one for them. This can be as simple as a blanket in a box or a cozy bed or nook they can cuddle up in. Make sure your cat has food, water, and access to their litter box.

If you have small animals or birds, keep their enclosure away from doors and windows with a light covering over the cage or tank. Make sure they have enough bedding to burrow or hide if they become frightened and keep their food and water filled.

If you’re planning on holding holiday festivities at your home, make arrangements for your pets to keep them safe from the activity to avoid the possibility of getting out of a door, window, or gate in your yard. The excitement and overstimulation of unfamiliar people and loud sounds could send your pet running with the risk of getting lost. July 4th is one of the most lost pet days of the year.

Keep anything that could harm your pet out of reach. This includes food and beverages and, of course, fireworks. Make sure your pet cannot get close to the barbecue and inform your guests not to feed your pet anything from their plates. When the party is over, be sure to clean up any food scraps and debris that could potentially harm your pet.

Observe your pets behavior in the days following the 4th of July. If they are still anxious and showing signs of stress or any unusual behavior, consult your veterinarian. You might also consult your veterinarian ahead of time to inquire about calming supplements if your pet is already prone to stress and anxiety.

The 4th of July can be challenging for pets. With proper preparation and attention to their well-being, you can help to ensure they stay safe and comfortable during the festivities. Keep your pets indoors, provide what they need to stay calm, safe and secure and always make their well-being your top priority.

Have a happy, calm and safe 4th of July!

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