Fireworks – beautiful, bright and festive. As a child, I remember looking up at the sky in wonderment and awe, wishing the show would never end. As a pet parent, my feelings on the subject have slightly changed. I. HATE. THEM. Now don’t get me wrong, I still love the beauty and festivity invoked by a good fireworks show but in the right place at the right time. In my neighborhood, people begin shooting them off at least three days before the 4th and continue well after the holiday which means a very stressful week for my fur-babies. Anxiety induced chewing, a refusal to eat dinner and constant trembling are just a few of the symptoms.

Here are a few tips and tricks to help with your pet’s “KABOOM” related blues:

  1. LOUD MUSIC. And I mean play it like you’re 16 again and trying to aggravate your Mom. This may not distract them completely but it will dim some of the noise and make them feel a little more at ease. And a little “Hotel California” on the record player is always good for the soul.
  2. Exercise. Take your pet for a long walk or to the dog park before the festivities begin. This will help alleviate any restless energy they may have and hopefully, they will be too tired to care about the loud noises in the distance.
  3. TLC. This may seem obvious but the best thing I can do for my fur-babies during fireworks season is just to be there with them offering comfort and gentle reassurance. A few extra treats doesn’t hurt either…
  4. Thunder Jackets. Personally, I have never tried one of these but I know so many pet parents that swear by them. Make sure to buy from a reputable retailer and always read the reviews (there are a lot of knock-offs that look similar but do not have the same affect). P.S. If you’re buying from Amazon, make sure to go through the Smile Program and select Helping Animals Live and Overcome.

Most importantly, this time of year is when H.A.L.O. sees a huge influx of lost/found pets so please make sure to keep your animals inside as much as possible and all access points securely closed. This is also a great time to make sure your pet’s microchip contact information is current so in the event they do escape, you can be reunited swiftly and safely. If your pet isn’t microchipped, your veterinarian can perform this quick and easy procedure usually at a nominal fee.

From everyone at H.A.L.O., we wish you a very happy and safe Independence Day!