Helpful Tips to Protect Your Pets During Fireworks Celebrations

The 4th of July is just days away, and many revelers taking advantage of the holiday break will be celebrating by setting off fireworks. But bright lights and loud noises can scare pets and cause anxiety in some.

The sonic explosions of fireworks can cause your furry friends to panic and flee, which can be upsetting for pet owners, especially if they can’t find them. And it’s not unusual for a pet to disappear during independence day break. The American Kennel Club explains that more animals go missing on July 4 and 5 than any other day of the year.

But rest assured, pet owners, there are plenty of ways to protect your furry companion to make it a happy 4th of July weekend.

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4th of July Tips for Keeping Pets Safe

The Williamson County Regional Animal Refuge (WCRAS) in texas says FOX 7 Austin On Tuesday, it is important to do the following:

Keep your pet indoors, turn on music or the TV, and create a safe place for them to hide if they want. Pet owners with dogs should give them a chew toy. You can also use soothing shirts, “Rescue Remedy” drops, and other soothing items.

Make sure pets have ID tags and microchips

The Michelson Found Animals Foundation, based in Los Angeles offers several tips to help ensure a pet’s safe return, should it run away.

First, pet owners should make sure their dog wears an ID tag with your contact information. Owners should also ensure their pet is microchipped – and double-check that the microchip is up to date.

A bulldog animal wears an American flag scarf around its neck during a 4th of July celebration in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

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“Make sure your pet’s microchip is registered and contains the correct name and your current phone number and address, otherwise there is no easy way to reach you if they are found,” the company said. foundation in a press release.

Pet owners can register a chip for free here.

Avoid leaving pets in cars

If you plan to enjoy a fireworks display, it is important do not leave your pet in a parked carespecially at night during the fireworks.

Instead, it’s recommended to create a safe, cool place like a bathroom for your pet to relax in instead of a space like a crate.

Leave your pets at home

PETA urges owners never to take pets with them to watch fireworks. Instead, leave them at home indoors and never let them tied up or chained up outdoors.

“They can hang themselves if they jump over a fence trying to escape the noise. Animals can also hurt themselves trying to get out of enclosures,” the association said in a statement.

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Tire your pets before the fireworks

If it’s cool enough outside on the 4th of July weekend, PETA recommends taking dogs for a long walk or play at a dog park before the fireworks start to tire them out.

Try a soothing aid

“To animals, fireworks really do look like ‘bombs bursting in the air,'” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement.

To help reduce a pet’s stress and anxiety from noise, there are a variety of medications and supplements that can help. Owners should contact their veterinarian early to determine what is best, as every animal and every situation is different.

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Wrap your pets

Michelson Found Animals Foundation says movement containment in dogs and cats actually has a calming effect on them. There are anti-anxiety wraps or coats designed for pets – or even a wrap can do the job in no time.

Check the locks

Before any fireworks, make sure doors, gates, and windows are all closed to help muffle loud sounds and prevent an escape.

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Keep the festivities out of reach

Never leave alcoholic beverages unattended where pets can reach them, as these beverages have the potential to poison pets, according to the ASPCA. The same goes for citronella candles, bug coils and tiki torch oil products, as well as glowing jewelry, which contains a highly toxic luminescent substance.

Editor’s note: A version of this article was originally published on June 23, 2020.

FOX 29 Philadelphia and FOX 7 Austin contributed to this story. This story was reported from Washington, DC

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