It’s no secret that fireworks and loud noises can really spook your pets. In fact, more pets run away on the 4th of July than any other day. This is something we need to avoid AT ALL COSTS. Due to the acute hearing of cats and dogs, loud noises like fireworks are very alarming. We humans know that the 4th of July is a day of celebration, but our pets do not. With different sounds and lights every few seconds, it is hard to predict when they will happen and can come off as a threat.
Fireworks lead to a fight-or-flight reaction where it increases anxiety and leads to either barking or hiding. It will make the dog feel trapped and they will try to run even though they can’t get away from the sound. We’ve put together a few frightening stats to encourage you to take caution with your pets this 4th of July.
- Less than 15% of lost pets are returned
- Out of the lost pets, up to 60% may be euthanized
- 53% of pet’s microchips currently have outdated owner information
To avoid becoming one the thousands of heartbroken families every 4th of July, we have a few tips on how to ensure your pet and others’ pets are safe during the celebration of our independence. Here is a list of things you can do to help your pet during this confusing time for them :
- Start playing firework noises a few days before, maybe even a week to get the pets used to the sounds
- Fill their water bowl with water as they will be more thirsty after anxiously panting
- Block dog or cat doors
- Close curtains to block out bright flashes of light
- Keep pets inside, play background noises like a TV or white noise to help mask the sounds.
- If home, stay close by. Pets run to their owners as you are a safe haven for them.
- Tire them out early in the day – go for a run or walk to make sure they are exhausted later in the night
- Keep them distracted – stuff a toy with treats and feed them a few treats throughout the duration of the festivities
- Purchase an anxiety vest– gentle pressure around their waist reduces anxiety
Our friends at Betterpet have a comprehensive guide of How to keep your dog calm during Fourth of July fireworks that offers practical tips and insights for pet owners who are seeking effective strategies to calm their dogs during fireworks displays and includes a wonderful graphic on ways to keep dogs safe during the 4th of July.
We hope this helps! Please take these steps into consideration for your pets sake this 4th of July so we can avoid the heartbreak of losing some of our best friends.
The Lilly Brush Team