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Keep pets home - It may be tempting to bring along your dog(s) so everyone can enjoy the fun, but the loud noises aren't usually fun for pets, and may actually be terrifying.
Keep pets indoors if possible - It is advisable to close the curtains and turn on the TV or radio to provide some distraction. Cotton balls can be placed in pet's ears to dampen the sound.
Provide a safe "escape" place - Many times pets will seek out a small den-like place (such as a crate), if they are fearful or stressed.
If you do not already have a crate, bed or similar place that your pet can call his/her "own," it is recommended to create that safe place and familiarize your pet with it before needed, as a means of reducing stress during fireworks.
Use a leash or carrier - If you must be outside with your pet, keep the pet on a leash or in carrier at all times.
Practice fire safety - Keep pet away from matches, lighter fuel, open fires, and fireworks - especially ones that are lighted on the ground. Pets may try to sniff (or eat) fireworks, and pet hair can easily catch fire if too close to the fireworks.
Take your pet for a walk first - If possible, make sure that you pet has time to "use the restroom" before the fireworks start. Some pets are too frightened to void once the fireworks begin, and this may lead to an "accident" later on.
Make sure your pet's ID is current. Make sure that your pet has proper identification tags, with current information, in case s/he gets away. It's best to have a permanent micro chip implanted. The 4th of July is the #1 day for pet escapes.
If your pet has noise phobias from fireworks, talk to us about appropriate anti-anxiety drugs or sedatives to help ease their stress. Natural remedies are also available.
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