How To Keep Your Pets Safe During July 4 Fireworks

Any pet owner will tell you, July 4 is one of the worst times of the year for pets, especially dogs. The sound of fireworks can be terrifying for some animals, causing them to cry, bark, and sometimes run away to deal with the anxiety and fear.

But there are a number of things you can do to prepare for July 4 — and the days before and after when citizens (sometimes illegally) set off fireworks. Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise to tire them out, and take your pet to vet to get anti-anxiety medications.

“By planning ahead and being prepared, we can keep our pets safe and more comfortable through the fireworks while we celebrate the Fourth of July,” Seattle Animal Shelter director Ann Graves said in a statement this week.