Fireworks and pets can be stressful holidays – Here are some tips to make it less stressful for you and your pet!
If you’ve got a pet, you know they love fireworks. But if you’re not a huge fan of loud bangs, you may be wondering what to do with your pet during these celebrations. The answer is: relax! Here are some tips for keeping your pets safe and comfortable during the holiday season.
1. Keep Your Pets Indoors. This is one of the most important things to do to avoid any stress on your pet or injury from fireworks. If your pet can’t see what’s happening outside, they won’t feel threatened by the noise or be tempted to run away from home (which could put them in danger). You can also keep them indoors if you want to watch the fireworks from inside with them.
2. Make Sure Your Pet Has Water If you’ve got pets that need water, make sure they have access to it at all times during the fireworks season. Pets like dogs and cats aren’t able to drink their own urine, so they should always have access to clean water when they need it.
3. Have a plan: If you have pets, find out if they’re appropriate for fireworks. Some animals can be easily scared or hurt by loud noises, so make sure you know what’s going on before you put them in harm’s way.
4. Bring water: If your pet is fussy or has a sensitive stomach, bring a bowl of water with you so they can hydrate themselves throughout the night. Especially if they’re going outside in the cold!
5. Prepare for the weather: If it’s cold outside, dress warmly and bring extra blankets or towels to keep them warm (and dry). Also make sure that your pets have plenty of food, water, and TLC—it’ll help them enjoy the festivities too!
6. Make sure you have an escape route from your yard.
Dogs that are fearful of fireworks can be taught to run away from the sound of them, so if possible, leave them at home or in a safe place when you hear fireworks.
7. Try to keep your pets indoors if possible. If they aren’t used to being confined by themselves, they may not take well to having their freedom curtailed by the sounds of fireworks.
8. Be prepared with water, snacks, leashes/harnesses, and treats for your dog(s). Even if you don’t have any pets yet, consider getting one soon! You’ll enjoy having someone who loves you unconditionally around all year long!
9. Take precautions. Don’t leave pets or children unsupervised during fireworks, especially if they’re in open spaces. If you must be away from home, keep a close eye on your pet by making sure they have water and an escape route, as well as a radio or TV with noise-canceling headphones that can block out the sound of fireworks. If you have small children at home, make sure they know how to stay calm when hearing loud noises and how to respond in case of an emergency (e.g., calling 911).
10. Make sure pets are up-to-date on their shots and medications so they don’t get ill from exposure to the insects or toxins released by fireworks. If possible, consider vaccinating your pets before the holiday season begins so they’ll be protected against rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus—all of which can be deadly for pets if caught early enough in their illness stages! You can also give them flea treatments if needed—just make sure it’s done safely around their ears!