Top 10 Firework Safety Tips:
1. Exercise your pet during daylight hours and avoid excursions after dark.
2. Make sure your pet is wearing proper ID such as tags, and have your pet microchipped as well is very helpful!
3. Make sure your pet is secure. Drastic efforts may be made to escape with loud scary noises and flashing lights!
4. Keep your pet indoors if possible. For outdoor pets, offer extra bedding (rabbits and birds), and a safe hiding place, cover kennels/cages with padded blankets but mind the temperature outside.
5. Allow hiding options for indoor pets, like under the bed, in a safe basement setting or even a kitchen cupboard for cats, and never punish your pet for acting out because they are scared!
6. Distract your pet with extra play time, toys, and treats.
7. Play ambient sounds/music in the background and avoid music with excessive drums and base.
8. Close windows, curtains, blinds and doors before it get dark. The flashing lights can scare your pets as well as the noise.
9. Anti-anxiety medications and calming pheromones/scents can be helpful. Ask your veterinarian about these options. (Some people give their pets Benadryl because it makes them sleepy, but it does not reduce their fear level) Testing the medication out before the event is always a good idea because not all pets have the same effect.
10. Remember other July 4th dangers as well such as grills, fire, alcoholic drinks, corn on the cob and other “people” food, swimming pools, and even heat stroke if it is hot outside!