Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During Fireworks
The 4th of July is quickly approaching, and that means a lot of anxiety for our pets. While I love watching fireworks as much as the next person, I always feel a little guilty for how nervous I know they make my dogs. However, there are a few things you can do to help keep your pets safe and calm during fireworks.
The Busiest Season for Animal Shelters
It's so important to make sure you keep your pets safe during fireworks, as the 4th of July is one of the busiest times for animal shelters. So many pets go missing during the 4th of July. It's important to remember that while pets are our "fur babies" they are also still animals. When animals get scared they tend to bolt, which leads to many missing pets after the 4th of July holiday.
Update Pets Collars
Check your dogs collar. Are their tags still on with your information visible? If not you can get a new ID collar made with your pets name and your number for fairly cheap at a place like Pet Food Center. Also if your pet is microchipped, check to make sure all microchip info is up to date as well.
Leave Pets Inside With a TV or Radio Playing
Pets are more comfortable being in a familiar setting, so when enjoying 4th of July fireworks, it's just best to leave your furry friends at home where they know they are safe. the American Veterinary Medical Association also recommends turning on a TV or radio to help drown out the noise of the fireworks.
Talk to Your Vet
If your dog seems to have a lot of anxiety around fireworks and storms, but nothing seems to help the, your vet may recommend medication to help them. It never hurts to ask your vet just to be sure.
The American Veterinary Medical Association has a great article with even more ways to help keep your pets safe, here.