It wouldn't be the 4th of July without the celebration of a fireworks display in the night sky. But for your pets, the holiday can be a frightening nightmare. To ensure your pet stays safe, here are some safety tips:
Keep small pets indoors at home in a safe, sheltered area. Turn on the radio or TV for distraction.
Never leave pets alone outdoors, even if tethered or in a fenced yard. Dogs, especially, may escape and become lost or injure themselves by chewing or choking on their leashes.
Do not take your pet to a fireworks show or leave it in your car unattended. If you must be outside with your pet, be sure to keep it on a leash or in a carrier.
Protect animals from children who may not realize that waving sparklers or setting off "safe" firecrackers could upset a family pet.
Make sure your pet's ID tags are current, so you can be reunited easily in the event that it runs away.
If your dog or cat is extremely fearful or easily stressed, talk to your veterinarian about a mild sedative or tranquilizer to calm its fears.
Horses may need to be sedated. Make sure all sharp objects are removed from their enclosures. If you have stalls, keep them in their stalls rather than outside.