Prevent Pet Anxiety This 4th of July


It’s time to celebrate Independence Day again! For Americans, it can mean a big party full of barbecues, bands and big bangs!  For pets it can mean a day full of anxiety and fear. 

July fifth is a very busy day a Lone Mountain Veterinary Hospital.  We see many pets with torn nails, lacerations, dehydration, and even broken teeth.  When threatened by scary sounds, some dogs will do ANYTHING to escape.  Clawing, digging and chewing their way out; just to find the world outside is even scarier.  Many dogs run for hours panicked only to be picked up by local animal control agencies battered and bloody.

As a pet owner, you’re in the position to protect your pet from this trauma though.  Take the initiative to reduce stress for animals that are frightened by the loud, thundering booms of fireworks.

Tech Tips

Secure pets indoors.            


Be sure they have a place to feel safe and secure. Be sure window are closed; dogs can easily jump through screens.  Close up the doggie door.

Make an appointment at your vet.

Some pets are candidates for medications, such as Sileo, that can calm their nerves during noisy events such as fireworks and/or thunderstorms.  You’ll need your vet to prescribe the right medication to treat noise phobias.  Don’t hesitate to call and ask.

Turn on the TV or radio.

Sounds from these electronics devices can drown out the explosions of the fireworks and help reduce fear.


Do NOT take your pet to the fireworks display.

Even good, socialized dogs get scared from loud noises and big crowds. Hundreds of pets lose their owners when attending events such as these.  It’s better for them to be safe at home.  If you must take them, be sure leashes and collars are secured and fastened.


Provide pets with proper I.D.

Be sure your pet is wearing proper identification.  Make certain that I.D. tags and microchip information are up to date, just in case.

If possible…

Just stay home.

If the Fourth isn’t a priority to you, don’t even take the risk. Many pets can be comforted by your presence alone.  Watching the display on the big screen at home may be the happy solution for everyone.


Avoid Independence Day incidents and follow my tech tips.  Keep your pets safe this Fourth of July.



Author: Aubrie Ricketts

Experienced Licensed Veterinary Technician, Executive Master of Business Administration - University of Nevada, Reno. I love marketing and promoting preventative medicine and pet wellness. I have a dedicated passion for veterinary anesthesia and pain management.

3 thoughts on “Prevent Pet Anxiety This 4th of July”

  1. Aubrie,
    Thanks for the great advice. One of my dogs hasn’t been around fireworks but tends to act very needy whenever he encounters new situations, so I’m sure he is NOT a candidate for a fireworks show!


    1. Anthony,
      Yes. Most often clingy or needy dogs do not do well when out in public, nor with loud sounds. I don’t recommend anyone take their dog out during fireworks displays, whether they do well in these situations or not. It’s simply unsafe. Between the loud sounds, crowds and cars ANY dog can go into panic mode.
      If you want to start bringing your dog out more, I would suggest gradually working up to it. Start with small gatherings and see how they do. Always have the option of bringing him home if he’s uncomfortable.
      Have a safe and happy Fourth!


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