Fireworks Pets

Break out your grills, lawns chairs and festive food, because it’s summer time again! Summer is always a great time to celebrate with friends, family and furry ones alike. Like many of us, you may anticipate catching a fireworks show too. While fireworks are a longstanding tradition for many on summer holiday, for some pets, fireworks are not a reason to party, but a reason to panic.

Some four legged friends though don't always appreciate the festivities. However, with a little planning, you can ensure that your pet enjoys the festivities just as much as you do.

If your pet has a fear of or aversion to loud noises:

  • Something as simple as turning on some soft music and moving your pet into an interior room with no windows can be helpful.
  • An anxiety vest may work in some cases—if you don’t have one, try a snugly fitting t-shirt.
  •  If you and your veterinarian do decide that anti-anxiety mediation is your pet’s best bet, there are a few things to remember. First and foremost, give a practice dose of the medication before the big night to see how your pet responds to the medication. Second, never share the medication with another pet or give more than the recommended amount. If you do, you may end up spending the holiday at your local veterinary emergency clinic.
  • While noise phobias are not as common in cats, they can and do happen. Fortunately, cats tend to hide when frightened. Checking in on your cats, having some quiet music on and keeping them indoors during the height of the fireworks is always a good idea.

If your pet is the type to taste new and unusual things:

  • While cats are typically a little smarter than this, some dogs will eat anything, regardless of how it tastes—including fireworks! Never underestimate your pet’s level of curiosity.
  • Fireworks contain several types of chemicals and heavy metals. If you set off fireworks at home, make sure you thoroughly clean up the area before letting your dog have access again.

Article adapted from ASPCA.or Fireworks and Your Pets: Tips for Staying Safe This Fourth of July