10 Tips for Keeping Pets Safe and Calm During Fireworks

Fireworks Safety for Pets

We love the 4th of July! But our pets certainly don’t share the same sentiment. Loud and sudden noises are generally frightening and stressful for our furry friends. As pet owners, it’s our responsibility to ensure they feel safe and calm during this festive time of year. Here are some essential tips to help your pets stay comfortable during fireworks displays.

1. Keep Them Indoors

We know having your pet with you can be enjoyable, but fireworks can be dangerous for your pets ears, eyes, and overall safety. Large crowds, loud noise, and a fast-paced environment is often overwhelming for even the most social, outgoing pups! The loud booms and bright flashes can cause them to panic and potentially run away (even if they’re deaf!). If you have indoor/outdoor cats, be sure to bring them inside too. Ensure all windows and doors are securely closed, and use blackout curtains to minimize the visual impact of the fireworks (if you happen to be that close!).

2. Create a Safe Haven

Designate a quiet, comfortable area in your home where your pet can retreat to if they feel scared. This space should be away from windows and as soundproof as possible. Equip it with their favorite bed, toys, and some familiar items to help them feel secure. Consider playing soft music or white noise to mask the sound of fireworks. If you’ll be away for the show, consider a crate or carrier. 

3. Identification & Microchipping

Did you know that more pets go missing during Fourth of July week than any other time of year? In the unfortunate event that your pet does escape, having proper identification is crucial. Ensure your pet is wearing a collar with an ID tag that has up-to-date contact information. Microchipping your pet adds an extra layer of security, making it easier for shelters and veterinarians to identify and return your pet if they get lost. 

4. Provide Comfort & Distraction

If you can, stay with your pet and provide comfort during the fireworks. Your presence alone can be very reassuring. Engage them with their favorite toys or activities to distract them from the noise outside. Puzzle toys filled with treats can be particularly effective in keeping their minds occupied.

5. Use Calming Products

There are various products available that can help calm your pet during stressful situations. Consider using pheromone diffusers, calming sprays, or anxiety wraps, such as Thundershirts, which provide gentle, comforting pressure. Always consult your veterinarian before using any calming supplements or medications.

6. Maintain a Calm Demeanor

Pets often pick up on their owners’ emotions, so it’s important to remain calm and composed. If you are anxious, your pet may become more stressed. Speak to them in a soothing voice and avoid any sudden movements that could startle them further.

7. Desensitization & Training

If your pet has a history of being anxious during fireworks, consider desensitization training in the weeks leading up to the 4th of July. Play recordings of fireworks at a low volume and gradually increase the volume over time, rewarding your pet for staying calm. This can help them become more accustomed to the sounds and less reactive.

8. Plan Ahead for Potty Breaks

Ensure your pet has ample opportunity to relieve themselves before the fireworks begin. This reduces the need to take them outside during the event, which can be a stressful experience for them.

9. Exercise Them During the Day

Tiring your pet out during the day can help them relax more easily once the noise begins. Enjoy a long walk, hike, or some playtime in the yard before the sparks begin to fly!

10. Consult Your Veterinarian

If your pet has severe anxiety or a history of extreme reactions to fireworks, consult your veterinarian. They may recommend specific anxiety medications or other treatments to help manage your pet’s stress during the celebrations.


The 4th of July can be a challenging time for pets, but with proper preparation and care, you can help your furry friends stay safe and calm. By creating a secure environment, providing comfort, and using calming techniques, you can ensure that your pet feels protected and less anxious during the festivities. Remember, a little extra effort can go a long way in making this holiday a positive experience for both you and your favorite furry friends!!

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