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By Heather Beeson of Morena Pet Hospital
July 04, 2013
Category: Pet Safety

People may love the beautiful, vibrant colors that fireworks paint across the sky, but pets do not share in this fascination.  While Fourth of July may be a day of celebration and fun for you, it can be a terrifying and stressful experience for your furry loved ones.  To help you keep your pets safe this holiday so your celebration can stay a celebration, we are sharing some ways to help calm your pet during fireworks.

  • It is best to keep your pet INDOORS!  Having your pet remain indoors helps mask the noise volume of fireworks.  Remember to close all windows and doors.  If you are having guests over, make sure they know to keep your pets inside.  
  • The San Diego Humane Society suggests leaving a TV on or playing music to help drown out the noise.  It is best to play the music for your pet before the fireworks start in order to get your pet familiar with the sounds. Offer positive reinforcements such as a treat each time you start the music selection.
  • Make up a safe and comfortable place for your pet to escape the noise. Pets that are crate trained may feel safest in their crate.
  • If your pet will tolerate clothing, you may consider trying the Thundershirt, a pet product that provides gentle, constant pressure to help calm your pet.  Another option would be to pick up a pair of doggie earmuffs (originally designed to protect a dog's ears while flying, these can also help mask the noise of fireworks).
  • Discuss your concerns with your veterinarian.  They may choose to prescribe a sedative for your pet if he/she tends to become easily spooked by the fireworks.

Remember, it is always best to keep pets far away from fireworks, matches, lighter fluid, as well as human food and beverages.  For additional pet safety tips, please refer to our previous blog article Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips.