Every year, dogs and cats flee with fear from the sound of fireworks.
Make sure your pet’s collar has the most up-to-date contact information on your pet. If your dog has a microchip, make sure that it is registered.
Consider taking your dog on a very long walk or have a vigorous play session just before fireworks are to begin.
- Keep your pet indoors, preferably in the quietest room in your house
- Play soothing music or turn on the TV to provide distraction
- Consider an anxiety vest for your pet or, if you don’t have one, try a tight fitting t-shirt.
- Some pets like being in a secure crate in a darkened room to help them stay calm
- Do not leave your pet outside
- Even if your pet hasn't had a negative reaction in the past to fireworks, don't assume they won't react -- some pets become more sensitive to loud noises as they age
- Comforting a dog during the event may reinforce behavior, consider distracting with play or brushing your pet.
Remember that fireworks contain several types of chemicals and heavy metals. Make sure you thoroughly clean up the area where fireworks were used before letting your pet outside.
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