4th of July dog

Is your pet afraid of fireworks?

Independence Day is upon us, and the Humane Society of St. Lucie County urges you to keep our furry friends in mind. As humans we celebrate the loud and exhilarating explosions from fireworks, but our pets may not exactly be 4th of July thrill seekers.

4th of July dog Cole
Humane Society of St. Lucie County’s longest resident, Cole, is ready for some July 4th fun.

As a community, it is important to consider the impact fireworks have on veterans and their emotional support animals, it could be upsetting to both. Dogs especially have an acute sense of hearing, and the abrasive booms can cause them emotional and physical stress.

“1 out of 5 dogs go missing after being scared by fireworks. More dogs go missing the 4th of July than any other day of the year,” said Humane Society of St. Lucie County Executive Director, Melissa McInturff.

Tips to keep your pet safe and comfortable from the Humane Society of St. Lucie County:

  • If you plan to light fireworks this year, go somewhere safe and secluded.
  • Be sure to leave your pet at home.
  • Consider a thunder jacket – essentially a weighted blanket for your pup.

McInturff said, Even the bravest dog can be scared from the loud noises of fireworks. Please be considerate, someone in your neighborhood might not like fireworks.”

If your pet suffers from extreme anxiety, talk to your veterinarian about the best course of action for your dog’s anxiety before a major firework holiday.

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