Tips to Protect Your Pets on 4th of July

By Jessica Chitrabhiboolya

Fireworks + Scared Puppy

With 4th of July just around the corner, we start to prepare the celebration of our independence day with picnics, barbecues, and of course fireworks. But are our furry friends ready for the flashes and booms of this occasion?

Dogs get scared around fireworks and thunder. According to the PetMD, more pets go missing around the 4th of July than any other time of year.

The SPCA and other experts offer the following advice to protect our pets during this celebration and other events:

  1. Create a safe space
  • Indoors and quiet places would be ideal as 4th of July is the day most dogs run away due to the bang of the fireworks startling them.
  • Pay attention to where is your pets go to spot for comfort
  • Make that space as cozy as possible
  1. Prepare the house
  • Provide food, water, comfy bedding and any other toys your pet loves
  • Leave something fun to do, like a new toy or a Kong filled with treats
  1. Prepare your pet for dealing with loud noises by exposing them with other sounds
  2. Create a distraction
  • TV, White noise, or the radio works greats to help muffle the outside noises
  1. Calming and relax
  • Swaddle blanket
  • Canine calming scents
  • Items such as the thunder shirt or anti anxiety wraps
  1. Keep an eye on your pet.
  2. Stay with them or nearby if possible
  3. After the fireworks, make sure all debris and all other hazardous material are cleaned up and safe for your pet to enjoy outside.

Once all the celebration is over, make sure to show your pets lots of love and show them that everything is alright.


Happy 4th of July Everyone!

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