Your Pet’s Guide to New Jersey Fireworks
There are two dogs in the Varacchi home, and while Bruno is pretty chill when it comes to fireworks, Sebastian is the opposite of chill.
(Sebastian is the long-haired mini-dachshund on the left, Bruno is the Malshi on the right).
If you have a dog who suffers from anxiety when it comes to loud noises, the Humane Society has a list of suggestions to help them through this holiday.
- Don't bring your dogs to fireworks displays.
- Don't leave your pet in the car. This goes for literally every day, not just holidays. Your pet can suffer serious health effects – even death – in a few minutes.
- Keep your pets inside at home in a sheltered, quiet area.
- Even if your pet isn't normally destructive, the stress can change their behavior, so be sure to remove any items that your pet could destroy.
- Leave a television or radio playing at a normal volume to keep them company while you are attending Fourth of July picnics, parades, and other celebrations.
- If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder and fireworks, consult with your veterinarian before July 4 for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety they will experience during fireworks displays.
- Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. Nervous pets may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain risking injury or death.
- Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.
Take care of your furry friends this holiday!