Even though a lot of Independence Day celebrations will be dialed back this year due to coronavirus, there's still going to be plenty of revelry. And you know how anxiety inducing this can be to pets. So many of our furry friends are lost on holidays, and a big part of that is due to fireworks. Anybody who has dogs and cats has seen them get completely freaked out when the M-80's and firecrackers go off, sometimes days in advance of the actual holiday. It's heartbreaking, but easily preventable.

Pet Finders has some safety tips for pet owners, and they are really helpful to keep a peaceful and safe household for New Year's Eve, Fourth of July, or any holiday that includes fireworks. If we can just remember how scary this must all be to pets, we'll be better equipped to ease their nervousness. We love them, and we want them to feel comforted, even with fireworks popping all day and night. Check out some of the tips from Pet Finders below, and Happy 4th of July to all.

 

  •  Keep dog treats close by, so that guests can give them to your pet, and hopefully calm him/her down
  •  Leave your dog at home with a frozen stuffed treat during the fireworks
  •  If your dog is afraid of loud music, play soothing tunes to (hopefully) cover up the sound of the fireworks
  •  Exercise your pet early in the day, before parties begin
  •  During cookouts, ask guests to play with your animals away from the flames
  •  Keep charcoal, glow sticks, firecrackers, and sparklers away from curious pets
  •  Be sure your pet is wearing an up to date tag with pertinent info, in case they run away or jump the fence
  •  Take a current photo of your pet, just in case