Barbecue, patriotic marches and fireworks. Those are traditions nearly everyone enjoys every Fourth of July. But pets don’t always find as much to like on that holiday.
In fact, more animals go missing every July 4th than any other day of the year. The primary reason? Those eye-popping fireworks that mesmerize so many can terrorize dogs and cats who don’t understand the festive nature of the occasion.
Here are a few things you should keep in mind to keep your pets happier when it’s time for fireworks:
1. Don’t take your pets to July 4th events, especially those in which fireworks will be happening. The strangers, the noise and the constant distractions can seriously stress out Fido and make him miserable. It can even make his behavior unpredictable.
2. Keep your dogs and cats safe indoors if possible. Let them stay indoors during the height of fireworks in the neighborhood, playing the television or music loudly enough to help drown out the sounds so they’ll stay more calm. If left outside without you around, an errant firework could scare them enough that they’d try to runaway to escape a perceived danger.
3. Never let your pets get near fireworks. Dogs are curious and playful; when you throw a firework, they want to fetch, or at least see what it is you just threw. And if they reach it before it explodes, they could be seriously injured. (And many fireworks contain toxic chemicals.)
Just a few simple steps can make sure your pets are just as happy on the fifth of July!