Many of us enjoy the sights and sounds of fireworks, but these displays—no matter how large or small—may frighten cats and dogs. When pets panic, they can run away, and, in fact, more dogs are lost on July 4 than any other day of the year. Let’s take a look at some ways to keep your pets safe.

To help protect pets during the festivities, here are some tips for pet owners:

  • Keep your pet indoors during firework celebrations and in a quiet, isolated room with covered windows, such as a bathroom, or a basement where there are no windows. Turn on a fan, radio or television to muffle the sound of fireworks—whether you’re home or not.
  • Don’t bring your pet to a fireworks display. We promise no good will come from that!
  • If you know your pet suffers from anxiety caused by the loud noise of fireworks, consider talking with your veterinarian in advance about giving your pet a mild tranquilizer.
  • If your pet behaves nervously by pacing, whining or crying, try playing with them as a distraction or doing something they enjoy.
  • Make sure your pet always wears an appropriately fitted collar and an ID tag with your current phone number and address. Your pet should also be wearing a current license/rabies tag.
  • If your pet doesn’t have microchip identification, talk with your veterinarian about the implant in case your pet loses his collar and tags. And, if your pet already has a microchip, make sure the contact information is up to date.

Learn more about how to help your pets cope during this noisy holiday (or just with loud sounds in general) on our web site.

If your pet does pull a Houdini and escapes, or if you find a stray animal, learn what to do to help them reunite with their families.

From everyone at the Dumb Friends League, have a happy and safe July 4th!