While humans enjoy bright and loud fireworks displays, it can cause fear and stress for our four-legged friends.
Fireworks can cause pets to damage property, hurt themselves or flee to get away from a scary situation.
To keep your pets safe with the Fourth of July coming up, follow these tips.
Find a safe place for your pet – If there is a firework show near your home, see if your pet can go somewhere else for the time being. A bathroom with the fan on can cover up the noise and make them feel better in a smaller space.
Contact a vet – A veterinarian can prescribe medication to take away some of the anxiety. There are also calming treats you can pick up at any pet store.
Exercise – Taking your dog on a “w-a-l-k” earlier in the day can wear it out, making it too tired to have an extreme reaction.
Have toys and puzzles available – Wrapping up treats in a towel causes your pet to focus fully on getting the treats instead of what is going on. There are also specially made toys that make your pet focus on getting a treat out of it. If your pet is food driven, peanut butter on a rubber plastic mat can keep it busy, as well.
Oils – Essential Oils such as lavender or frankincense promote a calming effect. But be careful which oils you use, as some are toxic to your dog.
Pets – Pets love pets. Give your dog or cat a scratch behind the ear in a calm matter lets them know everything is going to be OK.
Alternative noise – YouTube and streaming apps, such as Spotify, have playlists designed to calm dogs. Much like the bathroom fan, any type of white noise can relax them.
Stay calm – If you get stressed out by your pet being stressed out, it's going to cause a negative reaction and make things worse.