With Independence Day right around the corner, you’re most likely gearing up for family fun—and a fireworks display or two. While fireworks can add a fun and festive touch to your Fourth of July celebration, they can also be downright terrifying for furry family members. Below are a handful of tips to keep your four-legged family members safe and comfortable as you celebrate our nation’s independence.
Add comfort. If your dog or cat has a favorite blanket, toy or bedding, be sure to get it ready for them to snuggle in. While some pups head to the tub when scared, be proactive and line the tub with a blanket—or place their bed inside.
Provide calm. If your pet becomes extremely anxious and pants or salivates excessively, talk to your vet about a natural calming remedy to help ease the pain of weather- or firework-related anxiety.
Keep them company. While it’s fun to head to the beach or park as a family to cap off an Independence Day celebration, consider leaving someone behind to hang with the family pet.
Keep them indoors. Often spurred by fear or confusion, the Fourth of July is a leading holiday when it comes to pets running away from home. Be sure to keep your pet indoors, inside your yard, and always on a leash.