Dogs and cats react to fireworks as individuals. Some are upset by the explosions, and others get hurt by panicking and jumping through closed windows or bolting through doors to get away from the terrifying noise and lights. American pet advocacy groups point out that the number of escapees is so high that Independence Day is the busiest day of the year in shelters and that many pets get lost, injured, or worse. Pets do better if they’re not home alone during fireworks events. That’s not always feasible, so thinking ahead will help you and your pet have a safe and happy July 4th holiday.
Signs of fireworks anxiety can include:
“Do’s” of keeping your pets calm
• Keep in a crate (if this is their “safe place”)
• Use pheromone sprays, such as Feliway or Adaptil
• Consider Thundershirts or other pressure wrap type shirts
• Use safe retreats or hiding spots with blankets
• Turn up the TV or music with a regular beat
It’s easier to prevent a fearful reaction than it is to reverse one. If your pet is nervous around loud, unexpected noises, a short-term sedative before the fireworks start may be just the ticket. These sedatives should be given to your pet before the event begins.
Animal Medical Center of Seattle is open over the holiday weekend for your convenience should an unexpected emergency arise. If your pet needs short-term sedation to help calm them during the Fourth of July celebration, please call us at 206-204-3366.