- All pets should be kept indoors in a small, safe, sheltered area where they cannot hurt themselves. Turn on the TV or radio to help muffle the sound of fireworks or have calming music playing.
- Try spending more time with them and be sure to include their favorite toys, beds, food, and water.
- Distract your nervous pets by playing with them or keeping them active doing something they enjoy.
- It seems contradictory, but do not stroke, pet, or reassure your cat or dog when they are nervous or frightened. This can actually reinforce their anxious behavior and make it worse.
- Animal shelters see a huge increase in strays around this holiday. Dogs and cats will panic and bolt through doors, windows, or other enclosures, trying to run from the noise. It is absolutely critical that all pets have some form of current identification on them.
- Do not leave pets outside unattended. Even dogs that are tied up can get hurt trying to escape by chewing, choking, or strangling themselves on their leashes. If you take your pet outside, make sure they have a sturdy leash or are secured in a carrier.
- Plan ahead. Do not wait until the last minute to get medication from your vet. Most veterinarians require your pet to have had a physical exam within the six-month period prior to prescribing tranquilizers.