Celebrating the summer with fireworks? If so, don’t forget to be mindful of your pets. We’re sharing five quick pet summer safety tips to help make this 4th of July safer for both you and your furry loved ones!

The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate, often times with barbecues and fireworks. However, keep in mind that it can be a really stressful time for your pets. In fact, the American Humane Association reports that July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. The reason? Fireworks!

Fireworks are not only extremely loud, but the smells and lights can often cause anxiety and disorientation with your furry loved ones.

If you’ve got pets, here are some quick tips to keep them safe during the holiday.

1. Keep your pets away from fireworks 

While it might be fun to bring your pets outside and away from home to watch fireworks, you might want to consider keeping your pets inside. You can reduce the impact of fireworks through the ambient noise by leaving the TV on, some music, or even a fan or air conditioning. Also, it’s even better if you can have someone there to provide company and comfort to your pets.

Also, if you have a cat that likes to spend the evening outside, you may want to keep them in for the night. They might not be happy, but they’ll probably be less stressed out and vulnerable inside than out.

2. Keep your pets leashed and under control (if outdoors)

If you’re traveling with your pets or you decide to take your pets to a celebration, make sure to keep them leashed and close to you. Also, you may want to bring his or her favorite toy. Basically, you want to make them as comfortable as possible. Also, continue to communicate to your pet in a soothing tone to reassure them that everything is ok.

3. Make sure your pets are wearing IDs

This probably goes without saying, but it’s especially important, even if your pet is indoors. I’ve heard stories of pets running out the door when their owner gets home because they are still spooked by the loud noises. Make sure your pet has a properly fitted collar and ID just in case he or she gets lost.

3. Medications 

If you know your pet is especially anxious, consider giving medications from your vet. While this is a worst-case scenario, it’s important if your pet is already prone to anxiety.

4. Download the ASPCA – Pet Safety App for Lost Pets 

In the event that your pet gets lost, be prepared by having the ASPCA app handy. The app can help guide you through the process of locating your dog or cat. Other apps to check out include Finding Rover, which uses facial recognition for dogs to reunite them with their owner, and FurAlert, which is like an amber alert for missing pets which pushes out a notification to other pet owners in your area who use the app.

And those are our quick tips for the keeping your pets safe. Obviously, be very careful if you’re near fireworks, especially with children. Though they are super fun, you always hear stories of kids (and even adults) getting hurt by firecrackers and fireworks.

Do you have any safety tips to share? If so, please leave them in the comment section below.

Again, have a fun and safe 4th of July! 

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