4 Tips for July 4th with Your Pet
Written by Amanda Colquitt
June 30, 2022
The 4th of July is a day of care-free celebration for Americans. Family members gather for BBQs, people lay poolside, and fireworks light up the night sky. For our pets, on the other hand, it’s a day of anxiety and fear which may result in them running away in search of somewhere quiet and safe. Because of this instinct to run, July 5th is the busiest day for animal shelters. Make your pet’s well-being a priority this Independence Day by following these helpful tips below.
- Prepare for the Worst
If your pet doesn’t have a collar with an ID tag, now is the perfect time to get one. If you’re worried that your pet could lose their ID tag, use a permanent marker to write their name and your phone number on their collar. Another option is purchasing an embroidered collar with your pet’s name and phone number.
You will also want to double-check that your pet is microchipped and that the information on file is up to date. You can never be too prepared!
- Exercise Your Pet Beforehand
Take your dog for a walk, play ball in the backyard, or go for a swim! Bring out your cat’s favorite wand toy, have them chase a laser, or bring out a puzzle toy. Any type of exercise will do! By releasing some energy during the day, your pet will be more inclined to relax when the fireworks start.
- Create a Safe and Quiet Environment
During the evening commotion, your pet will feel more at ease if they’re in a comfortable space or small room. This space should be stocked with their favorite toys and calming sounds. A tv or fan will help block out the loud booming from the fireworks. Close the blinds to help tone down the bright/flashing lights. Be sure to shut all your windows and doors to dampen the noise.
If your cat or dog likes their crate, place it in the room and cover it with towels or blankets. Add a few of their favorite toys and blankets too!
- Stay Home if You Can
Leaving your pet alone during an upsetting event like fireworks could increase their anxiety even more. Consider staying home or arranging for a pet sitter or a friend to stop in while you are out. Having a friendly face by their side can help keep them calm.
We hope these tips will help you and your pet this 4th of July. We wish you and your family a safe and care-free holiday!