Holidays like the 4th of July, New Year, and others are great fun with lots of fireworks but are maybe not as fun for our pets. If you want to keep your dogs and cats happy and healthy, here are all your Fireworks Pet Safety Tips!
1. Fireworks are fun for us, but are scary for pets!
We might love the pretty lights but for many dogs and cats, fireworks can feel like the end of the world. If you keep that in mind it can make it easier to plan for your pets.
2. Make sure all tags and microchips are up-to-date
If you have moved recently then your information might be out of date. Making sure it is all current will be a life-saver if one of your pets gets out.
3. Have a current picture of your pets, just in case
If your pet is picked up by animal control you might need to prove ownership. Or if you need to make flyers you will need a current, clear picture ready to go.
4. Set up a safe and quiet place at home
If your pet does get nervous with the loud noises, it helps to have a quiet area for them to rest. This is also helpful during any festivities like parties and barbeques.
5. Make sure all windows and doors are closed
If your dog or cat were to get really nervous, jumping out an open window can look like an easy escape. Even screens might not stop a determined pet, so be safe and keep them securely latched.
6. Do not let dogs out loose in the yard
Your dog may never have shown an interest in jumping a fence before, but scary noises can push a dog to new limits. I have even heard of dogs that jumped the fence while their person was in the yard with them, so be overly cautious.
7. Try calming items like music and Thundershirts
For pets that are extra nervous, you can try all sorts of calming items. Loud music that drowns out the sound of the fireworks may help and so may calming music for dogs. So can Thundershirts, essential oils, and CBD oil (check with experts on these first as some can be toxic to pets).
Be safe and have fun this holiday!