Keeping your pet safe during the firework season

Jul 4, 2023, 12:26 PM | Updated: 3:57 pm

Tips and tricks for keeping your pet safe and calm during firework season. (Best Friends)...

Tips and tricks for keeping your pet safe and calm during firework season. (Best Friends)

(Best Friends)

SALT LAKE CITY — While fireworks are a staple of July celebrations, they can cause anxiety and fear in pets. According to Pet Amber Alert, more pets go missing between July 4-6 than any other time of the year. 

Utah animal orginazations have provided tips to keep your furry friends safe. 

Before the fireworks

The Humane Society of Utah suggests excercising your pet before the fireworks begin. This will help keep pets calm and lower anxiety. 

Some pets react to fear by running away. Make sure outside spaces and fences are secure. The HSU also suggests creating a space indoors away from the noise. Keep fresh water, toys and items that help your pet feel comforted. 

Remember to verify that pets have microchips and valid ID tags and make sure information is current and accurate just in case your pet runs off. 

Safety measures

Best Friends Animal Society  wants to remind pet owners to make sure fireworks stored out of reach. Firework contain substances that are toxic if ingested and are harmful to animals.

 Additionally, lit fireworks can cause some pets to chase after the bright moving objects and are at risk of being burned or blinded in the process.   

In an email, Dr. Erin Katribe, Medical Director, at the Best Friends Animal Society said to remember most veterinarian clinics are closed on the holiday.

“If you know your pets suffer from anxiety, discuss pharmaceutical options with your veterinarian in advance,” said Katribe. “Several medications to treat anxiety are available and can help your pets during these stressful holidays.”


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