Independence Day may be one of your favorite holidays, but chances are, it’s your pet’s worst nightmare.
Every year, there are sad stories of pets that have been injured or killed in their frantic efforts to escape the flashes and bangs of fireworks.
Dr. Pam Harrold of Long Run Pet Hospital in Wheeling urges people not to take their dogs to the fireworks display, and in fact, not to even let them out in the yard when fireworks are being set off.
“You should keep your pet inside. Number one if they get spooked they can run off or get lost or hit by a car so please keep them indoors. If they’re really nervous you can try something called a thunder shirt that can provide some comfort,” said Dr. Harrold.
Even small backyard fireworks can be harmful to pets, by causing burns.
It’s best to set up your pet with a safe spot in the house, like a padded box or pet bed in a room with doors and windows closed.
Its also a good idea to put in with a fan or radio on to drown out the outdoor noises.
Dr. Harrold said, “give them a place to hide like a bathtub or spare room. If their anxiety is really high, you may talk to your veterinarian about giving them some sedatives.”
Your pet should also wear I-D tags at all times or have a microchip, in case it should get out and become lost.