If you’re really worried about how your pet will react to fireworks, give your vet or a trusted animal trainer a quick call and ask for some advice.
This weekend will mark the beginning of July and also probably mark the beginning of lots of fireworks. The traditional pyrotechnics for Independence Day seem to stretch longer and longer every year, with neighboring towns staggering their displays. Plus, in areas where amateur fireworks are legal, the festivities can go on for the better part of a week.
This can be great fun for humans but it can SUCK for pets.
Think about it. If you are a dog or a cat and have sensitive hearing and a limited understanding of patriotism, fireworks seem like an assault. For all your dog knows, the world is actually ending in a blaze of colorful sparkles and loud explosions.
If you’re a pet owner (or live near pet owners), think carefully before setting off your own fireworks at home. Maybe put some distance between yourself and your furry friends before making things go boom.
Or maybe don’t set fireworks off at all because they’re dangerous. Just sayin’.
If you and your pets can’t escape the sound of professional fireworks displays, please do everything to keep your pet safe. Dogs and cats have been known to run off to escape the noise. Try to keeps pets inside during fireworks displays. Also, make sure they have tags with contact information, or microchips so that people can help them find their way home if they do escape.
Even if you’re planning to keep your pets inside, there are other steps you can take to minimize the anxiety the loud noises might cause. Try a little white noise in the house. Turn on the TV or some music to cover up the big explosive sounds. Closing the curtains can help hide the flashing lights. Make sure your pet has access to their favorite hiding spots in the house so they can get away from the noise if they want to.
Consider staying home from the fireworks yourself as well. Your terrified pet will feel better if you’re there to offer treats and cuddles. You can watch televised fireworks and avoid the traffic snarls as everyone tries to leave the celebration at once.
If you’re really worried about how your pet will react, give your vet or a trusted animal trainer a quick call and ask for some advice.
Happy Fourth — to you and your pets alike!