The Fourth of July is a Celebratory time for most people, but it can be one of the most frightening days of the year for your animals.
July 5th is hands down the busiest day of the year for animal shelters and rescues. Pets spooked by fireworks flee and end up in shelters’ care, according to the American Humane Society. Luckily, we have some suggestions you can use to keep your pets safe during the festive celebrations.
- Keep your pets away from the fireworks. Pets’ sensitivity to sounds, sights and smells is much greater than ours. Keeping them away from the festivities is the best way to go, having them inside is the safest bet. If someone can stay with them, even better.
- Give your dogs extra exercise and potty breaks early in the day.This will help tire them out and make keeping them indoors less challenging.
- Create a safe space for them.Animals often feel safer in den-like spaces. Make sure they have a crate, or bathroom with your pets favorite blankets and toys. Closing windows, blinds and curtains can help to avoid visual and auditory stimulation.
- Turn up the noise. Fans, TVs, radios, dishwashers, washing machines these are all options to help drown out the sound of fireworks. On YouTube and Pandora you can even find dog calming music.
- Make sure your pets have snug fitting collars with tags.This is the quickest way to get them back to you if they end up escaping. Take a current Picture of your pets just in case you have a Houdini.
If you follow these basic, common sense tips you and your pet should have a fun - and safe - Fourth of July. Let’s all have a happy Independence Day!