Fireworks can be enjoyable for humans, but a common source of fear, anxiety, and stress for animals. The booming sounds and flashing lights can be terrifying and overwhelming for our pets.On the Fourth of July, many pets become so frightened by the noise and commotion of fireworks that they run from otherwise familiar environments and people, and sadly become lost.
Luckily, there are a number of things families can do to help their animals feel more comfortable—and lower the risk of them getting injured or lost.
- Keep pets inside and secure while fireworks are going off so they cannot run away. Even indoor-only pets can sometimes become so frantic that they will go to extremes to escape. Use a fan, radio or TV turned on to soften jarring noises. Even pets who are usually kept outdoors should be brought inside. You can also give them something to do to keep their minds focused on something else. If you are going to an Independence Day event and cannot leave your pet unattended at home, keep them leashed and under your direct control at all times.
- Keep a current photo of your pet handy in case they do get lost.
- If your pet does become lost, contact Mesa County Animal Services at 970-242-4646 and utilize social media outlets such as FB lost and found pets.
- Make sure your pet has an ID tag and microchip with up-to-date information.
- If you are going out, consider boarding your pet or taking extra steps to keep them secure.
- Never allow your pets near fireworks as they can easily become injured.
- Consult with your veterinarian for medication if your pet gets particularly frightened by fireworks and loud noises.There are medications and techniques that might help alleviate your pet’s fear and anxiety.