The fireworks we enjoy over the 4th of July can frighten most pets and absolutely terrify others. Pets have been known to jump through doors and tear through window screens. These panicked pets are then in danger of being hit by a car as well!
There are ways to avoid these reactions to prevent your pet from causing injury to themselves or others. Remember your pet may not enjoy the loud noises and fireworks like we do. Some pets would love to chase those spinning & twirling objects on the ground. Other pets will be traumatized by the loud noises.
Tips for keeping your pet safe:
Put cotton in your pet's ears to muffle the sound. Don't forget to remove it after the excitement is over!
Never leave your pet alone outdoors. Even if your pet is tied or in a fenced yard, they can escape and become lost or injure themselves trying to get away. Keep small pets indoors and keep horses in their stalls.
Put your pet in an inner room in the house and use a radio or TV to distract them.
Do not take your pet to a fireworks show.
Never leave your pet in a car unattended.
Protect pets from children who may not realize waving sparklers or setting off "safe" firecrackers could upset the family pet.
Keep ID tags on your pets so if they do become lost, you can be reunited.
Some pets become so scared they may need to be sedated. Contact your veterinarian about a mild sedative. Never give your pet medication without consulting your veterinarian first.
Pick up left over sparklers and any other remnants of fireworks when the festivities are over.
Enjoy the holiday and keep your pets safe!