Keeping Pets Safe on the 4th of July
Resist the urge to take your pet to fireworks displays. The fireworks and loud noise can make them nervous and do things that they normally do not do when in public. Always remember dogs can hear a lot louder and clearer than we do and their hearing is very sensitive.
Do not leave your pet in the car. With only hot air to breathe inside a car, your pet can suffer serious health effects—even death—in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air, but they do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen.
Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. I would recommend a toy that they can not chew and relax with like a kong with peanut butter also a blanket that they are around all the time. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you've removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep him company while you're attending Fourth of July picnics, parades, and other celebrations. When leaving a radio or television on that will have a little distraction with all of the fireworks and loud noise going on outside.
If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays. If your pet is also very easily distressed I would recommend crating them for the night if you plan on being out for a while. The crate will save your furniture and also doors or anything else from being chewed for the pet to get out and find you.
Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn't leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.
Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.
Always talk to your veterinarian before requesting a sedative for the fireworks. The veterinarian will possibly request bloodwork before they will issue a prescription especially for older dogs.
Have a fun and safe 4th of July!