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July 4th is coming! Firework safety for your pets!

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 3:35 PM



As a thunderstorm approaches, many animals become frightened and anxious, and their first instinct is to try to escape from the noise. Dogs that respond in this way suffer from noise phobias and anxieties. Fireworks create the same type of fear response, which is why so many dogs end up lost, injured, or even dead during this time of the year. When the need to flee from the noise takes over, dogs have been known to:

  • Chew through wooden doors
  • Break through screen doors or windows
  • Run through glass patio doors or windows
  • Chew through pipes in a bathroom
  • Break through kennel, fencing, or dog crate
  • Chew through rope or leash tethers
  • Dig under fences
  • Hide in small, enclosed spaces

The following tips will provide help to clients who need to control a pet suffering from noise phobia:

  • Remember that the behavior is caused because the animal is scared and in a panic, it is not behaving out of disobedience

Steps to help a pet maintain control:

  • Distract the dog to take their mind off of the noise, for instance:
  • Play a game
  • Start a training session and use treats to reward
  • Provide a calm environment
  • Drape a blanket on the outside of their crate
  • Find an alternate environment if animal is in an outside kennel, especially one with a metal roof
  • Apply continuous pressure to their body by placing an arm around or by leaning against the dog

Veterinary treatment options available:

  • Anti-anxiety devices
  • Pheromones
  • Prescriptions
  • Behavioral treatments and training


If you enjoy taking your pets everywhere with you, we want to remind you that your pet’s hearing may be harmed by loud fireworks. Once the noise level reaches 85 decibels, hearing can be damaged. Fireworks are capable of exceeding 140 decibels. Without a way to offer protection against hearing loss, pets may be more comfortable when left at home.


Fireworks don’t have to be lit to pose a hazardous threat to animals. Many are made with substances that contain ingredients that are toxic when ingested, for example:

  • Arsenic
  • Potassium nitrate
  • Heavy metals, such as:
  • Barium
  • Aluminum
  • Lead
  • Copper
  • Strontium

The types of health problems caused from eating fireworks depends upon the type and the amount consumed. Animals commonly develop symptoms, such as:

  • Vomiting
  • Abdomen pain
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • When large amounts of fireworks are consumed, dogs may suffer from:
  • Shallow breathing
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Jaundice
  • Acute kidney failure
  • Changes to the bone marrow

If a pet likes the smell and taste, they will even find spent fireworks to eat. Following firework displays, we recommend that you monitor the areas where they walk and exercise as a means to limit their chance of exposure. Keeping the dog on a leash will help to steer them away from any trash left after fireworks have been set off.


One of the best steps you can take to ensure the safety of your pet is to provide a means of identification. Microchipping animals is as essential as providing properly affixed identification tags.

While firework displays are amazing to watch, dogs may find them frightening and something to run from. Please call us with any questions & have a wonderful Fourth of July!

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