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  • Writer's pictureHeidi Kumpulainen

Five tips to get your pet ready for the 4th of July fireworks

Fourth of July is around the corner and sadly, many pets escape their home and get lost during the fireworks. We want to give some tips on how to keep your pets safe and comfortable during the fireworks as well as how to prepare for them in advance.

Before Fourth Of July:

  1. Create a Safe Space:

  • Set up a comfortable, quiet area in your home where your pet can retreat during the fireworks. This can be a room with closed windows and doors to muffle the sound.

  • Include their favorite toys, blankets, and bedding to make it feel familiar and secure.

  1. Desensitize Your Pet:

  • In the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July, gradually expose your pet to recorded firework sounds at a low volume. Gradually increase the volume over time while providing positive reinforcement (treats, praise) to help them associate the sounds with positive experiences.

  1. Update ID Tags and Microchips:

  • Ensure your pet's ID tags and microchip information are up to date in case they get scared and run away.

  1. Exercise:

  • Give your pet plenty of exercise during the day to help tire them out. A tired pet is often a calmer pet.

  1. Consult Your Vet:

  • If your pet has a history of severe anxiety, consult your veterinarian. They might recommend anti-anxiety medication or other calming aids.

On the Fourth of July:

  1. Keep Pets Indoors:

  • Bring pets inside before fireworks begin. Close all windows and doors to reduce the noise and prevent them from escaping.

  1. Provide Distractions:

  • Provide toys, treats, or engage them in play to keep their mind off the noise.

  • Use a puzzle toy or a treat-dispensing toy to keep them occupied.

  1. Stay Calm:

  • Your pet can pick up on your anxiety. Stay calm and act normally to reassure them that everything is okay.

  1. Use White Noise:

  • Turn on the TV, radio, or a white noise machine

Now is a great time to start preparing for the firework celebration so that it can go as smooth as possible for your furry ohana. During our regular pet care visit's during this Holiday, our pet sitters pay special attention to the above listed safety instructions to ensure your pet is safe and make them feel as comfortable as possible.

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