With the Fourth of July approaching, fireworks are bound to be shot into the sky. For many of our pets, this isn’t a good thing as fireworks cause some anxiety and nervous behavior for them. So, let’s take a look at some tips on how to keep your pet safe during fireworks this summer!

Keep Your Pets Away From Fireworks

This is an obvious tip, but keeping your pet away from the source of the fireworks is the best way to keep them safe. If you know fireworks are going to be going off in your area, then make sure your pet is inside as the fireworks won’t be as loud when inside. 

Create a Safe Haven 

To keep your pet safe and calm during fireworks, try making a safe haven for them. Setting up an area in a quiet space away from windows, such as a basement or closet, can make it easier for your pet to cope with the fireworks. These areas will limit the noise of the fireworks and they won’t be able to see them as well! While they are in their safe haven, giving them their favorite toys and treats will make them feel even safer! 

Try Playing White Noise

Playing some white noise to try and drown out the sounds of fireworks can help distract your pet and keep them calm. Try leaving on a fan, TV, or radio, as these will mask the sounds of fireworks best! 

Walk Them Before Fireworks Start

To avoid the possibility that you’re outside with your pet when the fireworks are going off, walk them when it is still pretty bright outside. When you are walking them, make sure that they are secured on a leash in case a stray firework is launched! You don’t want your pet to get scared and run off! 

Comfort Them

If all else fails, try comforting them. Stay at home and try to keep them calm. Pet them, talk to them, and just stay with them while the fireworks are going off to show them that you are there for them.

Have a Backup Plan

Ensure that your pet is wearing their Intellitag during days like the 4th of July, Halloween, and New Year’s Eve, when there tends to be a lot of commotion in or around your home. It is also crucial that you take some time in advance to check that the contact information and Intellitag Lost Pet Instructions stored in your Pet Vault is accurate, otherwise a pet rescuer may have a difficult time reuniting you and your pet.