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Pets & Fireworks: What To Do On The 4th of July

It’s no secret that pets aren’t the biggest fan of Fireworks. So when the 4th of July rolls around, it’s important to have a plan in place for your pet to keep them feeling safe and protected throughout the celebration.

Pets want to be with their parent wherever they go. But the facts of the matter are that their hearing is way more sensitive than humans. They can get overstimulated and frightened by unusual and loud sounds that they don’t understand. So, it’s normal for pets to feel a little spooked when there are fireworks blasting in the air.

Here’s what you can do to help your pet stay calm on the 4th of July:

  1. Make sure their name tags and microchips are up-to-date. The 4th of July and New Year’s Eve are the top two times of the year when most pets escape, so make sure in the case that they do run away, you can ensure a safe return home with updated information.
  2. Try to soundproof the room. Heavy curtains and a white noise air purifier or sound machine on low volume will help keep them calm when staying indoors.
  3. Take them for a long walk. On the day of the fireworks, take them out for a walk so they can be sleepy before the celebration begins.
  4. During the fireworks, leave us at home in a quiet, secure part of your house.
  5. Leave on some gentle music or a television show with normal volume dialogue.
  6. If your pets are comfortable in their crate, put them in there during the fireworks, where they will feel like they are in their safe space. Give them a calming chew or collar to help them relax as well if preferred.
  7. Don’t leave them outside during fireworks, even if you think they are behind an escape-proof fence. If panicked, pets can dig, climb, and jump our way out of things we would usually never do.
  8. Never use fireworks around close to your pet. The noise might traumatize and make us fearful of other loud sounds and stimulation. Many fireworks contain poisonous substances that can be harmful to pets and you run the risk of them getting burned or injured while in their presence.

Celebrate safely this 4th of July and be sure to protect your pet from fleas & ticks this summer with PetArmor®.