While we love the 4th of July and relish in the celebration, our pets feel differently. A lot of dogs and cats are afraid of fireworks or even just the loud sounds they hear outside. Some dogs don’t recover for days after the fireworks. And, of course, if you decide to take your dog with you to an outdoor event, you need to keep an eye on your dog at all times.
Below are some safety reminders for you and your pets.
1. Make sure all pets, even indoor cats, are wearing a collar with an identification tag that includes your name and telephone number. A microchip is also a good idea. Scared animals may end up miles from home or deep under a neighbor’s porch.
2. Walk your dogs in the early evening, before the evening falls, to prevent stress from noises and to tire them out so they can sleep the night away (hopefully). A tired dog is a less anxious dogs. All outdoor cats need to be indoors!
3. During neighborhood firework displays, keep all cats and dogs safely inside. Dogs and cats who are scared of noises should be put into a bathroom or other room with a secure door no windows. A screen door will not keep in a fearful dog.
4. It is safer to keep your pets at home during Fourth of July celebrations instead of bringing him to your neighbor’s party. Keep your pets in the house, rather than in your yard. Your dog will be a lot happier indoors, and not tempted to leap over a fence to find you.
5. Dogs can be startled by the loud noise of fireworks. Once the festivities begin, keep your pet in a safe room where he can feel comfortable. If he is crate trained put your dog in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure. Make sure you have a safe place for your dog or cat to retreat.
6. Block outside sights and sounds by lowering the blinds and turning on the television. Play soothing music in the background to counteract the noise of the fireworks. The loud music can soothe your pets.
7. If your dog or cat seems overly anxious, spend some time with your beloved, speaking soothingly to help your dog or cat to relax. There are also many calming sprays on the market that might help relax your dog or cat.
8. Keep sparklers, candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
9. Never use fireworks near or around your pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.
Just remember that loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for cats or dogs, so leave make sure to them at home during the 4th of July festivities. And make your home as appealing as possible to soothe their nerves during this loud holiday!
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