How to Keep Pets Safe During Fourth of July

Independence Day is coming up, which means fireworks will be lighting up the sky. The Dorothy O’Connor Pet Adoption center is giving residents tips on how to keep pets safe from the loud bangs this upcoming holiday.

The center advises residents to not take your pets to fireworks displays, and to keep the pets indoors in a quiet area.

Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard.

The center says more pets go missing around the Fourth of July than any time of the year.

If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety your pet will experience during fireworks displays.

Dorothy O’Connor Pet Adoption Center’s Sheridan Nalls says to exercise your dog earlier in the day, so they are more calm later in the evening during a fireworks show.

“You could take a recent picture of them in the off chance they do run away. You could give them a thunder shirt or a snuggie, which you can find DIY tutorials online. You can keep them busy at home with frozen stuffed treats,” said Nalls.

Nalls says another tip for anxious dogs, is to mix lavender oil and water and spray on their beds or on the collars.

Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly.

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