Fireworks shows are a summer staple, especially on and around the 4th of July, but they can also be a source of anxiety for pets and their owners.
Besides the fact that fireworks themselves pose a potential hazard to animals, the loud noises, bright lights and strong smells that accompany fireworks can trigger stress and fear in animals. company, which can harm their health and lead to accidents if and when they try to run away.
Here are some tips for keeping your pet, and yourself, calm when the fireworks go off, courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States:
Keep pets away from fireworks and their remains
Pets make great companions; however, the Humane Society recommends against taking them to fireworks shows, as pets tend to be “more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights, and strong smells.”
If you’re leaving your pet at home while you go out to celebrate the 4th of July yourself, it’s helpful to leave your radio or TV on “to dampen out any discordant noises.”
Make sure your pet has a collar, ID tag and microchip
When animals are frightened by the sights and sounds of fireworks, they may try to run away. Even indoor pets, the Human Society warns, can try to break a door or window.
It is therefore important to ensure that your pets are wearing their collars and that these collars have up-to-date identification tags with your address and/or a means of contacting you. If your pet is microchipped, you must also ensure that it is registered.
Get advice and help from your pet’s veterinarian
If you’ve ever had anxiety issues with your pet at fireworks shows, the Human Society recommends talking to your veterinarian about the situation.
Vets who know your pet can give you recommendations on techniques for keeping your pet calm that they think will help and, if necessary, even prescribe medications that can help.
Remember to protect your pet from the heat
Fireworks aren’t the only health threat to pets in the summer, notes the Humane Society. Hot weather can also pose problems for our furry friends.
Like humans, pets can suffer from heatstroke, and they shouldn’t be left inside cars either.
And hot pavement can burn your pet’s paws, so the Humane Society recommends putting your hand on the ground in hot weather before letting your pet walk. If you can’t hold your hand for at least 5 seconds, it’s too hot to let your pet walk.