Fireworks are a staple for the 4th of July; however, the loud sounds can be incredibly terrifying and stressful for your companion animals.
In fact, July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters because the scary noises often cause animals to run away out of fear. Here are five ways you can help keep your companion animal safe during July 4th celebrations.
1. Make sure your companion animals are properly identified.
In the unfortunate event your companion animals does run away, ensure he/she is wearing a collar with an ID tag that displays your name, phone number, and address. It's also a good idea to get him/her microchipped and registered (if they aren't already) to better help identify them if they do run away.
2. Avoid noisy areas.
If you plan on partaking in the 4th of July festivities, avoid bringing your companion animal to crowded, noisy events—especially if they include fireworks displays.
3. Don't leave your companion animals outside.
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but even if you think your backyard is secure, do not leave your companion animals outside during the hectic festivities. Keep them safe and help alleviate their stress levels by bringing them inside.
4. Make your companion animals comfortable.
If you do plan on going out for the 4th of July celebrations, make sure your companion animal is comfortable and ensure your home is escape-proof. Make sure all of the windows are closed, lower the blinds/close the curtains, and give them a cozy bed or crate to help them feel safe throughout the night.
5. After the celebrations, make sure your yard is clear of fireworks debris.
Even if you didn't set off fireworks, debris from your neighbors' 4th of July festivities can make their way onto your property and into the mouths of your beloved companion animals. Before you let them outside to play, ensure your yard is clear of any items that could be dangerous to your pets.