You may love fireworks, but animal experts insist your pets do not. The sporadic, loud noises and bright lights can be very stressful for your furry friends.
As a result, animal shelters report more pet runaways happen on Independence Day than any other day of the year.
Here are some simple ways to keep them safe and comfortable throughout the inevitable Fourth of July celebrations this weekend into Tuesday.
Dog parade fans can be seen in the reflection of a dogs sunglasses at the Patriotic Pooch Parade in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 3, 2022. - The event, part of Boston Harborfest, gave awards to dogs and their owners for Best in Show, Best Team, Most
Before the fireworks show
- Play a game or go for a long walk during the day so they won’t be so wound up later.
- Close your blinds, curtains, and windows. Animals have been known to jump fences, break chains, and even leap through glass windows.
- Be certain their collar identification and microchip is up-to-date in case they get loose.
- Select a cool and quiet room where the noise will be at a minimum.
During the fireworks show
- Turn on the air conditioner, fan, or television can help drown out noise.
- For extra comfort, put on some classical music, or their favorite tunes.
- Keep them in a cool quiet place like a bathroom, not inside a crate or tied up.
After the fireworks show
- Clean up! Don't leave any fireworks lying around. Unused items that contain toxic substances pose a danger to animals.
FOX 5 D.C. WTTG-TV contributed to this report.