Pet safety on the 4th of July is something to get noisy about!Owners of noise-sensitive pets are well aware of the dangers of holidays like New Year’s Eve and Halloween. In fact, the days preceding these holidays can be unpredictable, stressful, and anxiety-inducing for pets who have never displayed annoyance, irritation, or fear. Is it possible, then, to achieve full-scale pet safety on the Fourth of July? It is, but the desire to keep your pet safe and calm should be paired with thoughtful preparation and close observation.

Oh, So Noisy

Your cat or dog enjoys a keen sense of hearing, even if they’re older. Have you ever noticed them scampering off in the opposite direction when you flip on the blender or vacuum? This highly developed sense gives them wonderful capabilities, but on the Fourth of July, being able to hear each and every pop, boom, scream, and squeal is very off-putting.

Full-On Noise Aversion

When an animal displays sensitivity to noise, it can develop into a full-blown noise aversion over time. A type of phobia, noise aversion is paired with intense anxiety and is typically triggered by the following:

  • Fireworks
  • Gunshots
  • Construction noise
  • Traffic
  • Appliances
  • Thunderstorms

Know the Score

Getting a handle on Fourth of July pet safety is possible, and knowing certain warning signs around stress or anxiety makes it easier. Please watch for any of the following:

  • Excessive panting
  • Trembling
  • Repeated escape attempts (is your pet microchipped?)
  • Unwillingness to be separated from you
  • Vocalization (whining, barking, howling, mewling, etc.)
  • Cowering or walking around with their tail between their legs
  • Hiding
  • Restlessness
  • Hypervigilance
  • Incontinence

Pet Safety Solutions

We recommend taking the following pet safety measures this Fourth of July:

  • Provide a safe, quiet place for your pet to relax. This could be their crate or simply a back room away from the action.
  • Comfort your pet by staying close or try to distract them with games or toys.
  • Consider anti-anxiety products, like the Thundershirt.
  • Let us know if you think your pet would benefit from medications, nutritional supplements, or behavioral help.
  • Desensitize your pet with the soft sounds of fireworks, increasing the volume over time.

A Happy, Safe Summer

The team at Poulsbo Animal Clinic is here to help you and your pet through any tumultuous times this summer. For additional assistance with pet safety measures, please contact us. Happy Independence Day!