It wouldn’t be the 4th of July without the celebration of a fireworks display in the night sky. But for your pets, the holiday can be a frightening nightmare. To ensure your pet stays safe, here are some safety tips:
- Keep small pets indoors at home in a safe, sheltered area. Turn on the radio or TV for distraction.
- Never leave pets alone outdoors, even if tethered or in a fenced yard. Dogs, especially, may escape and become lost or injure themselves by chewing or choking on their leashes.
- Do not take your pet to a fireworks show or leave it in your car unattended. If you must be outside with your pet, be sure to keep it on a leash or in a carrier.
- Protect animals from children who may not realize that waving sparklers or setting off “safe” firecrackers could upset a family pet.
- Make sure your pet’s ID tags are current, so you can be reunited easily in the event that it runs away.
- If your dog or cat is extremely fearful or easily stressed, talk to your veterinarian about a mild sedative or tranquilizer to calm its fears.
- Horses may need to be sedated. Make sure all sharp objects are removed from their enclosures. If you have stalls, keep them in their stalls rather than outside.