Fireworks and Dogs: Keeping Pets Safe
Fireworks Season in Cincinnati is Just Firing Up
Fireworks and dogs don’t mix. But Fourth of July and Labor Day Weekend are both booming holidays for fireworks’ displays in Cincinnati. Along with the WEBN Fireworks at Riverfest, there are countless community displays. And let’s not forget the Cincinnati Reds’ Fireworks Fridays.
Fireworks and Dogs: Understanding the Fear
Dogs instinctively fear fireworks, some more than others. And dogs with different temperaments may react very differently. While some dogs run away and become lost, a more aggressive dog may even try to attack at-home fireworks as they detonate.
Understanding this fear can help you understand how to help your dog. Fireworks are loud and hurt a dog’s sensitive hearing. They are also unpredictable to your dog, a threat that is seemingly random. And they mimic the sound of thunder, which clues your dog into danger from storms and lightning.
Learn more with our article “Why are Dogs So Scared of Fireworks?“
Fireworks and Dogs: Safety Tips
During summer and beyond, follow these safety tips for fireworks and dogs:
- It should go without saying, but never bring a dog to a fireworks’ display. Even the best behaved and most relaxed dog will act unpredictably. Even if no harm comes to your dog, they will not enjoy the experience.
- Know when a fireworks show is scheduled near you and safely lock up your pets (dogs and cats) indoors before dark. More pets go missing on July 4th than any other day of the year.
- Take your dog on a nice, long walk before dark. Then, they’ll be ready to stay in for the night.
- If you’re leaving your dog home while you attend a local fireworks display, make sure the windows and doors are securely locked and that a pet can’t escape or break through a screen.
- For your dogs’ comfort, close them into a room they enjoy, with a TV or radio on. Provide familiar bedding, blankets or toys. A treat toy may do a great job of distracting your dog from the noise.
- If you’re staying home with your dog, stay calm and provide comfort to your dog. Some dogs find thunder shirts calming.
- For extreme anxiety, ask your veterinarian if your dog might benefit from a mild sedative.
- If you’re shooting off fireworks on your own property, also secure your pets inside first.
- In case of escape, make sure your dog is wearing a collar with current ID tags or is microchipped.
Fireworks and Dogs: More Resources
These articles offer more safety tips for fireworks and dogs, plus some good general advice for summer:
- Is your pet’s microchip up-to-date?
- What to do if your pet is lost
- How to know if your pet needs emergency care
- Pet chew toys: Not all products are safe
- 3 summer dog emergencies to look out for
We understand that fireworks and dogs are a stressful mix for everyone. If you have more questions about how to keep your dog safe, contact us.