Fourth of July Pet Safety

Here are some tips that can help keep your pets safe, secure, and as stress-free as possible during the Fourth of July fireworks:

  • Keep them indoors: Keep your pets indoors during the fireworks display. Even if your pet is used to being outside, the sudden loud noises can frighten them and cause them to run away. Make sure all doors, windows, and gates are securely closed to prevent any escape attempts.
  • Provide a safe haven: Set up a designated area in your home where your pet can retreat to if they feel scared or anxious. This can be a quiet room with their favorite toys, blankets, and bedding. Make sure to include their water bowl and a litter box for cats.
  • Stay with them: If possible, stay at home with your pets during the fireworks. Your presence can provide comfort and reassurance to them. Avoid leaving them alone, as this can increase their anxiety levels.
  • Distraction and positive reinforcement: Engage your pets in activities that can distract them from the fireworks. Play with them, give them their favorite treats or toys, and provide positive reinforcement for calm behavior. This can help shift their focus away from the noise and reduce their anxiety.
  • Consult one of our veterinarians: If you know that your pet has extreme anxiety or fear during fireworks, call our Bredel Vet Clinic at 301.387.7729, HART for Animals can help!
  • ID tags and microchips: Ensure that your pets are microchipped and wearing proper identification tags with updated contact information. In case they do manage to escape or get lost, this will increase the chances of a safe return.