Prepare Your Pets for a Safe Fourth of July: Expert Advice on Anxiety and Safety Measures

By Trish Svoboda

The fourth of July is quickly approaching, and pet owners should start making plans to keep their pets safe and comfortable. Susan Nelson, clinical professor at the K-State University Veterinary Health Center, said fireworks can cause anxiety and danger for pets. She noted that because veterinarian offices may be closed on the fourth, now is a good time to see your veterinarian if your pet needs medication.

If pets do go outside, it is important to keep them on a leash, and make sure they have a collar with up-to-date ID tags, and if they’re not already, consider microchipping your pet. This will aid in finding the owners if they get lost, or run away from loud noises.

Keeping your pets inside not only keeps them safe but keeps them cool. Nelson said keeping them in their crate or a comfortable room can help ease their anxiety. Heavy curtains and keeping blinds closed to block out flashes of light can also aid with their anxiousness. In addition, having music or the TV on can help block out some of the noises. Also, keeping your pet occupied with their favorite toys, or food puzzles are good distractions.

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