Pets and Fireworks
Independence Day is a fun day for families around the New Orleans Metropolitan Area. We enjoy great BBQ, music, and maybe even a little bit of swimming to cool off.
One of the most popular entertainments during the July 4th weekend is FIREWORKS. Fireworks are a lot of fun with fascinating light shows that brighten up the night sky with sparking color combinations. Unfortunately, fireworks also have a lot of noise. This noise scares pets. Therefore, you must consider how to protect them during a Fireworks show.
According the the Louisiana SPCA, July 5 is one of the busiest days for animal shelters across the country as dogs break their restraints and flee their homes July Fourth, due to anxiety and fear from fireworks displays. Check out some of the tips below from the Louisiana SPCA that will help you care for your pet during Independence day.
Here are a few tips from the Louisiana SPCA on how to prepare for the Fourth of July fireworks and to keep your pet safe and calm:
1. Do not bring your dog to a fireworks display.
2. Leave your pet inside and play soft music to help block the sounds of the fireworks.
3. Exercise your dog before the fireworks commence. A tired dog is less anxious.
4. If you plan to stay inside with your pet, try to stay in a familiar environment.
5. Be sure all pets, including indoor cats, wear current ID tags.
6. Consider microchipping your pet if they are not already.
7. Stuff a Kong or other work-to-eat toy with special treats during the fireworks.
8. Do not punish your pet during times of stress as this can only make the problem worse.
9. Comfort your pet when they are fearful.
10. If it is absolutely necessary to be outside with dogs during fireworks displays, ensure each dog is secure on a leash or harness.
“During holidays like the Fourth, we urge pet owners to keep in mind that what’s fun for us can be downright frightening for our pets,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO, Ana Zorrilla. “That’s why it’s so important to keep them safe and inside. No one wants to experience having their pet become lost or injured.”