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Imagine how startled you would be if you suddenly heard loud booms and saw bright lights but had no idea what caused them. Although your family may eagerly anticipate fireworks every year, you pet has no idea that your usually peaceful home will soon be disrupted by loud, frightening noises. More pets run away on the Fourth of July than any other day, so here are some tips to help ensure their safety:

Do not take your pet to the show unless you are absolutely sure that he or she is not afraid of fireworks.

If you are setting off fireworks in your yard, or you live in ear shot of a fireworks show, do not leave your pet outside – even in a secured and fenced yard. Make sure that fences and screens are in good repair to prevent your pet from escaping from your home during the fireworks.

Find the quietest room in your house, and put your pet’s food, water, bed, or crate in that room, along with a few toys. Turn on the TV or play some music to help mask the sounds of the fireworks.

Put a collar and tags on your dog or cat. The tags will help ensure that your pet returns home if there is an escape. Make sure that the information on the tags is current.

Take a road trip. If your pet is terrified of fireworks and nothing you do makes the situation more tolerable, consider leaving your pet with a friend outside the firework zone, or check into a pet-friendly hotel.

Talk to your veterinarian about medications that will help calm your pet. We recommend using Sileo, which is the first and only FDA approved treatment  for noise aversion in dogs. It is clinically proven to be safe and effective without sedating, which allows your dog to interact normally with your family. If your pet is afraid of fireworks or suffers from any other type of anxiety, we can help. Call us to schedule an appointment to discuss your furry friend’s fears!

For more information, please call 393-2707 or visit our website.