6 Tips To Keep Pets Happy & Safe On the 4th of July

The 4th of July is a time to celebrate with food, friends, family, and… fireworks! If that last one made you shudder, then you are probably a pet owner. No matter where you live, you are guaranteed to hear at least the faint popping of fireworks in the distance on the holiday and the days surrounding it. The 4th of July can turn from a time of relaxation and fun to a time of stress and worry if your dog or cat is terrified of fireworks, but we are here to help.

We’ve compiled a list of 4th of July safety tips and tricks that will help any pet owner survive the holiday.

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1. Current ID

More pets get lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. Pets can easily get spooked by fireworks even if they have never shown signs of fear before. Make sure they are wearing up-to-date tags in case they take off during the show so they can be returned to you quickly and safely.

Photo: Flickr/ drcagle001
Photo: Flickr/ drcagle001

2. Safe Area

Just like when you deal with a scaredy-pet during a thunderstorm, you’ll want to set up a safe area for them to relax in during the fireworks show. Ideally a smaller area that blocks out light and noise where they can feel comfortable and safe.

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Source: flickr/Maja Dumat Thundershirts can be effective stress relievers.
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Thundershirts can be effective stress relievers.

3. Thundershirt

Although the name would suggest that it is only intended for thunderstorms, the Thundershirt actually helps to calm a number of different anxieties in dogs, including 4th of July jitters. By applying a gentle pressure to your dog, similar to swaddling an infant, the Thundershirt works to calm them down and reduce their anxiety. Get your own Thundershirt here!

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