The 4th of July is a fantastic time for all of us, but it can be quite challenging and even dangerous for our beloved furry friends. The loud noises and dazzling lights from fireworks can be extremely frightening for pets, and there’s also a risk of injury or them ingesting harmful substances. At Apple County Animal Hospital, we care deeply for your pets’ well-being, so here are some crucial tips to ensure your pets stay safe and relaxed during the 4th of July celebrations.
1. Keep your pets indoors
Above all else, ensuring your pet’s safety during your 4th of July celebration means keeping them indoors. The noise from fireworks can be overwhelmingly scary for animals, and many pets might attempt to flee from the noise. To avoid this, make sure your pets are securely kept indoors, preferably in a room without windows or doors leading outside. If you do need to take your pet outside, always ensure they’re on a leash or safely enclosed in a carrier.
2. Create a calm environment
If your pets are indoors during the fireworks, try to create a calming and soothing atmosphere for them. Closing the windows and drawing the curtains can help reduce both noise and bright lights. Playing soft music or having the TV on at a moderate volume can help mask the fireworks’ noise. Additionally, provide your pets with a comfortable bed or crate along with their favorite toys to help them feel secure and at ease.
3. Watch out for harmful substances
During 4th of July celebrations, there may be numerous substances around that could pose a threat to your pet. Keep alcohol, lighter fluid, matches, and any other harmful items out of reach of your pets. Also, be cautious about leaving food unattended, as certain human foods can be toxic to pets, such as chocolate, grapes, and onions.
4. Consider anxiety medication
If you know that your pet tends to be particularly anxious or fearful during fireworks, it might be worthwhile to discuss anxiety medication with your veterinarian. There are many safe and effective medications available that can help keep your pet calm during the fireworks.
5. Keep identification tags up to date
In case your pet does happen to get loose or run away during the fireworks, it’s essential to ensure their identification tags are up to date. Consider microchipping your pet as well, as it significantly increases the chances of a safe return if they do get lost.
By following these valuable tips from Apple County Animal Hospital, you can help ensure your pets have a safe and peaceful 4th of July. While celebrating with fireworks is enjoyable, it’s vital to remember to take extra care of our furry companions. If you believe your pet may benefit from anxiety medication or need any other assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated team for support. We’re here to help you keep your pets healthy and happy all year round.