The celebration of America’s day of Independence entails lots of fun and entertainment like cookouts, pool parties, and fireworks. But what does that mean for your animals back home?

According to the American Kennel Club, more pets go missing over the fourth of July weekend than any other time of the year. Especially for dogs, the sound of fireworks heard over the weekend can make them incredibly anxious. Thankfully, there are tips to prevent this and ensure your animals are safe for the fourth of July. 

Make sure your animal has access to a safe, comfortable and quiet place to hide. This safe place could be inside a closet or under furniture. Leave some of their favorite toys in their safe area to create distractions from loud noises and make the area more fun. Take your pet out during the day for some exercise and ensure they are safe inside when you leave. Close all windows and curtains in your house and leave something on for background noise like a television or radio to drown out the loud sounds from social gatherings and booms of fireworks.

It may also help to give them calming medications an hour before the fireworks show starts.  Sometimes, it is easy to tell if your pet is anxious. For example, dogs usually show fear by tucking their tail between their legs, cowering, shivering, or avoiding eye contact. Looming over a scared dog could make them even more fearful. The best thing to do is leave the dog alone due to its unpredictable behavior when anxious. Talk with your veterinarian if your pet has a history of noise phobia. Last but certainly not least, never punish a dog because they are scared. If your pet has been microchipped, check that all the enrollment information is up-to-date if your pet escapes from the home. 

Enjoy all of the holiday celebrations knowing your pet is safe and comfortable while you are away.