Pet Ownership

Pets and Fireworks

The Fourth of July, and other events where fireworks are present, are exciting and exhilarating events for people but not at all enjoyable for animals. The sudden loud noises and flashing lights can be disorienting and frightening for pets and when in close proximity can even pose greater risks to an animal's well-being.

Although for most people, completely separating their pets from the noise of fireworks in their city or community may be impossible, it is possible to make the situation easier for your pets. The Humane Society of the United States offers some very good tips; here are just a few:

1. As often as is possible, keep your pets away from fireworks. Instead of bringing them to an event that includes a fireworks display, consider leaving them with a family member, friend or at home where they are comfortable.
2. If your pet is continually frightened or exhibits altered behavior due to fireworks, consider taking them to your veterinarian. They may have medication, techniques or additional resources to help your pet.
3. Outdoor activities that include fireworks typically take place during summer and include hotter temperatures which can put your pet at risk for heat stroke. If not necessary, protect your pet by keeping them away from fireworks displays.
4. Finally, all pets should have collars and ID tags, including full-time indoor pets. This will help identify your pet if they happen to become frightened and run away. Microchipping your pet is another option to consider as well.

For more tips on how to protect your pet from fireworks, visit the Humane Society's website.