7 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Fourth of July

More pets go missing during July fourth celebrations than any other time of the year.

Keep pets indoors at all times and provide a safe space where your pet can retreat throughout the holiday weekend. Even obedient pets can get startled and react out of panic, so keep pets inside and provide a quiet, comfortable space where they can retreat. If your pet does end up running off, take action immediately.

Make sure your pet is wearing a current ID tag and that microchip information is up to date.

Have a current photo of your pet on hand. In case your pet does manage to get loose, having a recent photo will allow you to get the word out quickly.

Refill anti-anxiety medications ahead of time. Clinics are not always able to refill your pet’s medication last minute, so plan ahead. If you don’t yet have prescribed medication but your pet has anxiety issues, call your veterinarian.

Use other calming products such as a calming diffuser for cats or an anti-anxiety shirt for dogs. These helpful tools can safely reduce anxiety and are easy to find at most pet stores. You can also play some calming music to help push the sounds of fireworks to the background.

Have treats or a new toy on hand to help distract your pet throughout the holiday. Keeping treats on hand will distract your pet from the human food, and toys will keep your pet’s mind engaged. You can also prepare for the night by providing lots of play and exercise throughout the day to work off extra energy and help relax your pet.

Never light fireworks around your pets. Lighting fireworks around your pet is not only dangerous, but could cause your pet to panic and inflict unintentional self-injury.