With the Fourth of July approaching, the sound of fireworks can be alarming for pets. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office shared some tips on keeping them safe.
Keeping pets inside the house is recommended. Lee County deputies say making a cozy place for them to hide will help reduce pets’ anxiety. Playing with them or keeping them busy with toys is also helpful.
“You don’t want to force them to do anything, you want them to coexist, you want them to be comfortable with their environment,” Shawn Humphreys said, of Paw and Order Dog Training.
If your pet is uncomfortable, they may attempt to run away. Update your pets’ IDs and microchips in case they run outside.
“You have to have a microchip, you got to have a collar on them. That is current information: your telephone number, your cell phone number,” Humphreys said.
A TV or radio can be a useful tool in prepping before the big night. You can start training your pets a few days in advance by playing fireworks sounds for pets to get used to. The TV can also drown out the fireworks.
If needed, speak to a veterinarian for medication options to help calm pets.