July 4th Celebrations – How to Make It Pet Friendly

Photo courtesy of Megan VanParis

While you may live far enough away to avoid the noise from the bi-weekly fireworks at Navy Pier, the 4th of July celebrations typically bring fireworks to our Lakeview neighborhood. Many pets are not use to the loud firework pops and can easily become frightened or anxious. Here are some things to consider before the festivities next week.

  • Keep your pet inside – Even though your pet may love being outside in the summer, on Independence Day it is best to keep them inside. If there is an enclosed room where they can stay and be comfortable with the radio or TV playing, this can help minimize the amount of noise they hear from fireworks.
  • Call Blum! – We receive many calls this time of year about pets who are scared by the fireworks. We have products such as Adaptil collars or Thundershirts, which are designed to help pets stay calm. Our veterinarians can also prescribe medications that can make your pet more relaxed and less likely to become upset by the noises.
  • Scan your surroundings – Usually the entire week leading up to July 4 fireworks are being set off. Make sure all your doors and windows are secure, so if someone sets off fireworks that startle your pet, they will be able to be contained inside. In addition, if you are outside, you will want to make sure your yard is completely fenced in, so there is no chance for them to escape.
  • Microchip and ID your pet – According to Pet Amber Alert, animal officials across the U.S. see a 30-60 percent increase in lost pets between July 4-6. By making sure your pet is microchipped and all your contact information linked to the chip is current, this will make for a more likely reunion in the event your pet is lost. This information also applies to your pet’s ID tag!

For any further questions or concerns about how you can help your pet be comfortable and safe on the 4th of July, please contact us at: (773) 327-4446.

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.