Keep Your Pets Safe on the 4th of July

July 2, 2020

Independence Day is an annual day of celebration, cookouts, and – yep that’s right – fireworks! While these holiday traditions are loads of fun, the noise from fireworks are terrifying for many animals.

Dogs and cats are far more sensitive to sound than humans. Startled pets will run, dash through open doors, jump through windows (yes, even through the glass) and over fences to get away and hide. In this panicked state, they are at risk of being hit by a car or getting lost. It’s one of the reasons so many dogs are found stray and brought to the shelter after the 4th of July. So make Independence Day enjoyable by keeping your pets calm and safe!

Have a good time AND keep your pets safe with these helpful tips:

  • Before the 4th of July: Make sure your pets are licensed, microchipped and wearing ID tags so they can be returned home safely if they panic, run and get lost. You can license your pets online at
  • Parties: Whether you’re hosting a socially-distanced picnic and barbecue at your house or going elsewhere, it’s wise to keep your pets in a calm room with the door closed when guests are coming in and out. One loud “bang” could have your dog or cat escaping out the door and becoming lost.
  • Fireworks: For sensitive pets, the fireworks noise on the 4th (and in some neighborhoods, well before then) cause extreme fear, trembling, vomiting, and running away. During home fireworks displays, animals are also at risk of burns or ingesting toxic materials.
  • The best place for a pet during the fireworks is in the house with you, so you can reassure them, pet them and attempt to keep them calm. If you aren’t with them during the festivities, put them in a room in the house with the door closed and shades drawn, a comfy bed, a few articles of clothing, a bowl of water and classical music on the radio to help mask the sound of explosives outside.
  • Consult your Veterinarian: If your pet suffers from extreme anxiety and can’t be calmed, consult your veterinarian about medications that might help him or her.