4th of July Fireworks and Pet Safety

4th of July Fireworks and Your Pet’s Safety

These simple ideas could mean the difference between keeping your pet safe, or them ending up in an animal shelter this holiday:

  • Keep your pets INDOORS during fireworks, and make sure all doors/windows are shut and locked.
  • If hosting a 4th of July Party, make sure pets are in a secure room so they can’t slip out of the doors.
  • Turn on the TV or relaxing music to help distract your pets from the loud blasts outside.
  • Make sure your pet’s Microchip and Collar ID’s are up to date. This is the fastest way to reconnect you and your pet if you are separated.
  • Keep your pet distracted with an interactive toy, like a KONG toy filled with peanut butter (and frozen overnight)!

Each year shelters across the country see a surge of animals that come into shelters on the days surrounding the 4th of July. In the past when pets are reunited with owners after this holiday, shelters learn of how even responsible pet owners overlook the dangers of fireworks. Living in Williamsburg, Virginia; the country’s colonial capital, fireworks are a BIG DEAL here in town. If you love your pet, please leave your pets at home during firework festivities.

“The 4th of July is a big holiday where we see an increased population in animal shelters because pets become so frightened by the fireworks and the noise they make,” says Kimberly Laska, executive director. “One of the most important things to remember on the 4th of July is to keep your pets indoors so they don’t have an opportunity to run away, get hit by a car or end up in an animal shelter.”

When frightened, a pet may do everything in it’s power to escape the loud, invasive noises caused by fireworks including digging under and jumping over fences. It is important that pet owners know, that pets are not aware of where the loud noises are coming from; they hear the loud booms and feel the need to run away from it. If precaution and pet safety are taken into consideration, the 4th of July is a great time for family get-togethers, and cookouts!

Loud fireworks can be very stressful, disorienting and no fun for some pets. If your pet suffers from anxiety during fireworks displays and you have tried everything from peanut butter kongs, to playing music then maybe a consult with your trusted veterinarian about a mild sedation to help your pet through the holiday might help. Always remember to keep your beloved pet safe and secure inside with his collar and id tag on.

Heritage Humane Society offers a number of low-cost enrichment ideas which may help your pets cope with the stress of loud noises and the thunderous blasts outside the windows.