Keeping Pets Safe During Fourth of July Fireworks
Fourth of July fireworks are an exciting event for us people! Unfortunately, the same is not always to be said for our pets. Noisy firework shows can be very frightening for dogs and cats, so it’s important to be prepared for Fourth of July firework shows to keep them safe. We’re here to help with some tips for keeping your pets safe and happy this Independence Day.
Plan Walks Accordingly
Try walking your dog earlier in the day and keeping them inside at night during nearby fireworks. The walk will wear them out so that they can stay inside during any noisy nighttime shows. We recommend bringing outdoor cats inside for the night as well to keep them safe and calm. If you have a dog door, we recommend keeping it closed for a few hours while fireworks are going off. All Dragon Pet Doors come with a secure locking cover to block access to the flap when needed.
Along with keeping your outdoor pets inside, make sure that your pet’s identification such as collars and microchips are up to date in case they get out. If you’re heading to a firework show, we recommend leaving your pets at home. You never know how they may react to the noise. Even seemingly calm pets might be frightened by loud fireworks and large groups of people.
Minimize noise inside your home by closing all the windows and doors. You can play soothing music to muffle out the sound of fireworks and keep your pets calm. Putting the locking cover over your dog door will also drown out some of the outdoor noise to keep your pets calm. Make sure they still have regular bathroom breaks to avoid any accidents in your home.
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Create a Safe Space
For particularly nervous pets, creating a safe room where they can spend the Fourth of July is a great idea. Fill the room with comfy beds, their favorite toys, and treats in order to make it as comfortable as possible. You can even give them attention exclusively inside the crate in order to make it a safe space they can retreat to when they’re nervous. Crate-trained dogs can also be crated during fireworks to create a sense of security and comfort.
Make sure your pets stay hydrated. The nerves will often reduce their water intake, so it’s important to check that they’re regularly drinking.
We hope you and your pets have a safe and happy Fourth of July! Thinking of installing a new dog door? Check out how to measure your dog for a dog door.