Keeping Pets Safe Around Fireworks

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Before the fireworks start, follow these simple tips to keep your pet calm and safe.

As humans, we love fireworks. Our pets? Not so much! Fireworks come without warning and can be very scary. Even if you don’t live close to public fireworks displays, be prepared for any private fireworks in your neighbourhood. Before fireworks start, follow these simple tips to keep your pet calm and safe.

  • Keep your furry friend indoors during firework displays, and make sure to close windows and pet doors leading outside. Startled animals will seek a place to hide. This means if your cat or dog manages to get outside, it can be very easy to lose them. Being inside the house will also help dampen any loud noises. 
  • Make sure your animal is wearing its collar and ID tags. Microchipping is also recommended. In case your furry friend does get out, these steps will ensure you can find them again. 
  • Walk your dog before it gets dark to avoid going outside once the fireworks start. 
  • Have a safe place for your companion animal to feel at ease, like a crate or other confinement space. 
  • You can block out some of the flashing lights by keeping curtains closed and lights on, or by placing a blanket over your animal’s crate. 
  • Your furry friend may pace around, make noise or search for a place to hide. Let them be. 
  • If you know that your companion animal is frightened by fireworks, try to have someone at home to stay with your pet. 
  • Even if your animal doesn’t show signs of distress around fireworks, resist the urge to bring your cat or dog with you to watch a fireworks display. Animals are far more sensitive to the sounds and smells produced by fireworks and would be much happier having a quiet night in. 
  • If your companion animal has a history of fear around loud noises or phobias with similar events speak to your veterinarian prior to any fireworks event. They may be able to help with medical intervention that can help keep your furry friends calm, and cool during all the excitement! 

Last modified: June 30, 2024