It’s almost July, which means the days are getting hotter and we're just a few days away from nationwide fireworks displays. But this time of year can be especially frightening for our furry four-pawed friends.
Pets can get anxious around a lot of noise, especially fireworks. Make sure you have an enclosed space they feel safe in like their crate or bed. It also helps if we leave them something that smells familiar nearby during firework displays.
Here's a few ways you can prep your pets before and during those celebrations:
- If you have a dog, take him out for some exercise during the day before the fireworks begin.
- Keep your pets indoors with the windows closed, and leave a tv or radio on as a distraction.
- Consider leaving a leash on your dog in case he tries to run or if you need to walk him into the house.
- Check your fence for any openings your dog could escape through.
- Have a current photo that clearly shows your pet. If they go missing, you will want to be able to make fliers and show your neighbors a photo in case they have seen your pet.
- Be sure your pet has a collar with a visible ID tag.
- Even if your pet normally stays outdoors, it would be best to move them inside for a couple of nights until the fireworks are over with.
- Be sure they have plenty of food and water available.
- If your pet does run off, avoid trying to chase it or whistle for it. This could distress them even more.
Have a happy and safe Independence Day!