Pet Tips for the Fourth of July

The 4th of July has always been my favorite holiday but definitely not my pets. They absolutely hate the loud noises and the bright flashing lights. I read that more pets get lost on the 4th of July than at any other time of the year. With the 4th just next week, it’s time to start planning ahead.

Remember to keep a collar and ID tag on your pet. My dogs have a tendency to chew the fabric collars off of each other, so we make sure to have the chain collars on them. I have a friend who has her dog micro chipped so she can track him if he’s lost.

My dog, Frank is an expert at escaping. His nickname should be Houdini. So if your dog is anything like my dog, you’ll want to resist the urge to keep him tied up outside. If they get spooked, they may very well find a way to escape the loud noises.

Also, don’t bring your pet to the fireworks display. Dogs can hear three times greater than humans, so all those great big booms are going to terrify him. You’ll want to keep him in a quiet room with the curtains closed. I like to keep the TV on for my dogs if I’m going to be gone a long time. I’m not sure if it actually helps them, but I figure maybe it’s a distraction from all that’s going on outside.

And I always make sure they have plenty of food and water along with a chew toy so they can calm their nerves by chewing.

With all that said, Have a Safe and Happy 4th everybody!


  1. Great post Brandy. My older dog has a prescription for doggy valium from her veterinarian, because she is practically traumatized during the 4th of July. She tolerates it much better now. If only her vet would prescribe one for me now! :)

  2. This 4th of July is my dog’s first so thanks very much for the great tips!!

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