Dog Safety During Fireworks: Key Tips

The 4th of July is right around the corner, and you know what that means? FIREWORKS!

As much as humans love the sparkles in the sky, who doesn’t like fireworks? DOGS!

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Independence Day is the most popular day for pets to go missing in the U.S.

As a dog mom, I know how heartbreaking it is to see your dog scared out of their minds with all the fireworks festivities outside.

I hate fireworks, and I hate even more the stress they cause our beloved furry family members.

Whether you’re new to dog parenting or a seasoned dog parent, this post will help you learn some helpful tips and tricks for keeping your dogs safe during fireworks.

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What To Do With Dogs and Fireworks

Keep Your Dog Indoors.

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The most responsible thing any dog parent can do is to keep their dog safe and secure inside their home.

Consider feeding dinner earlier than usual and trying to schedule all activities (playtime, walks, etc.) before the sun goes down and all the festivities kick off.

Do you need to take your dog outside for a quick potty break? Ensure that all gate doors and fences are securely shut.

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Need to take them on a short walk around the block?

Ensure your dog’s leash is fully functional, with no rips, tears, or missing attachment devices.

Double-check that your dog’s collar and/or harness fit securely on them with ID tags if your dog takes off by an unexpected firework or loud noise.

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Don’t take them to outdoor firework displays; you are just asking for trouble.

It doesn’t matter if your dog has never reacted to the sounds of fireworks in the past.

You should never bank that your dog will always be okay with the sounds of fireworks.

DO NOT Leave Your Dog Outside.

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Some dogs find fireworks terrifying, and it can sound like all hell is breaking loose with the sky falling.

If your dog is easily scared by loud noises, their “fight or flight” instincts will kick in, and many will choose “flight” as their best option to run and try to find a safe place.

By leaving your dog outside, you not only increase its chances of running away and going missing, but your dog could also suffer a severe medical reaction because it is so scared.

There have been many dogs who have died because they were scared to death.

Also, if you purposely leave your dog outside, it makes you a total asshole…I said what I said.

Microchip Your Dog.

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Let’s face it: sometimes, collars and tags can fall off our dogs, especially if they are running through bushes or other shrubbery.

If your dog takes off, make sure it has a microchip, which is a surefire way to identify your pup.

Double-check with your pup’s microchip company to ensure that all your contact information is up-to-date and that they have your most current contact information on file.

Ensuring the contact information on your pet’s microchip is accurate is especially important if you have recently moved or changed phone numbers.

If your pup is found and taken to a local vet or humane society, you want staff to be able to contact you immediately so you can successfully reunite with your dog.

Give Your Dog a Safe Place.

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Give your dog (or any other species you may have as a pet) a safe place inside your home.

If you notice that the bathroom, the closet, a kennel, or a specific bedroom is one of your pup’s first “go-to” places to run to feel safe, then set them up in that area with a bed, blanket, or anything that they could comfortably lay down and try to relax.

Consider turning on a radio with classical music or a dog-calming music playlist from Spotify or stream a dog-friendly channel like DOGTV on an iPad or laptop to help drown out the noise from outside.

Try Pet Calming Aids.

what to do with dogs and fireworks

Many products in the pet industry market today cater to helping anxious dogs, like Thundershirt, CBD Treats or supplements, pet-friendly essential oils, and noise-canceling headphones like Pawnix and Doggie Hush.

Check out some dog-calming products available online or at your local pet retail stores to see what you can use to help take the edge off your dog during stressful times.

Remember that sometimes your pup may need one or a combination of products to feel better, so don’t be disappointed or discouraged if one product doesn’t work.

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Every dog is different (just like humans), so your pup might need various methods to help get the job done.

Sometimes, your pup may need something more substantial, like prescription medication from your veterinarian.

Be sure to call in to get any medication as soon as possible to avoid not having anything when those stressful moments start.

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When using calming aids or medication, it’s important to remember to give your dog any supplements or medicines BEFORE they get too anxious and out of sorts.

Suppose your dog is already stressed, and its adrenaline is pumping.

Any supplement or medication may take longer to take effect or may not work effectively.

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Remember that although you may love all the fireworks fun, your pup might not be as enthusiastic about it as you are.

Be kind and mindful to your dogs, and set yourselves up for a safe night.

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