Pet Safety During Fireworks

Written By: Caitlin Perna

Does your pet get anxious during fireworks?

Keep your pets safe this summer by planning ahead and being prepared. We all know fireworks aren’t just for the 4th of July but it’s important to know…

The 4th of July is one of the highest rates of pets going missing.

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Signs of Fireworks Anxiety:

  • shaking
  • hiding
  • barking
  • acting out
  • trying to escape (through open doors/off leash)

How to Keep Your Pets Calm During Fireworks:

  1. Keep your pets inside during the fireworks. This will prevent them from getting frightened and trying to run away.
  2. Walk your dog during daylight hours- this will help with their energy levels for when the fireworks start as well as make it possible to follow rule #1.
  3. Give them a quiet place. Try a bathroom and turn the fan on, or a closet to muffle the noises outside. Make sure they have their favorite bedding and toys nearby, too.
  4. Distract them! Give them special treats or a new toy. Set up some puzzles or games for them to play.Check out our post about dog brain busters 
  5. Make sure ID tags are updated and that your pet is microchipped. This way if your pet does escape you have a higher chance of having them returned to you.
  6. Try a thunder shirt. If you don’t have a store bought one, there are some home DIY versions you can try. Like these for dogs or this one for cats.


We hope you and your pets are able to have a good, calm summer with these tips! And if you plan to bePerna Pet Care - Book Online out experiencing the festivities have one of our professional pet sitters come stay with your pets. Sometimes just having someone around can be enough to keep your dog or cat from getting too scared.

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