Fireworks Safety Tips for Your Pets

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In the days leading up to the 4th of July and Independence Day celebrations, many pet owners wonder how best to keep their pets safe during this time of BBQs, large outdoor gatherings, and fireworks. Fireworks can terrify some pets, and if your pampered pooch or furbaby is also an accomplished escape artist, it can lead to some tense (and sometimes heartbreaking) outcomes.

We are still a few weeks away from the more boisterous celebrations, but expect the backyard fireworks aficionados to start letting getting into their stash pretty soon. This year may be particularly intense, as it’s the first year that California is not experiencing drought conditions since 2011. With the risk of sparking a wildfire at a near decade low, it’s possible that homeowners could get a little crazy with the fireworks this year.

So here are some tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association for keeping your pets safe through the next several weeks. Advance planning is the key to your pet’s health and safety.


  • All pets should have ID tags and collars, with up-to-date contact info, even if they are mostly indoor pets. Should Fido or Fluffy slip out, you want to make sure you can be contacted. If you live in a more rural area and have horses, consider adding contact info to a breakaway halter.
  • Get your pet microchipped, if it’s not already. If your pet IS microchipped, call the registry company to ensure your info is up to date. You wouldn’t believe the number of pets that turn up in shelters with no way to contact the owner because of outdated info on the microchip.
  • Make sure you have a current photo of your pets.
  • Talk to your vet, if your pet has a history of stressful reactions to loud noises and fireworks. You may have to consider medication or behavioral therapy to ensure they don’t freak out.
  • Evaluate the security of your home and yard. Fireworks could be set off unexpectedly by a neighbor in the weeks leading up to Independence Day. If this happens, are they ways that your pet can get out of the house or yard? Make updates and modifications now, to increase security and prevent escape artists from making a break for it.

General Safety Tips: 

  • Leave your pets at home. This is the best advice. Crowds and loud noises can be very frightening, even to a pet that typically enjoys being outdoors.
  • Consider using a crate or locking your pet in a bathroom or escape-proof room during the celebrations.
  • When hosting a party, enlist your guests to help you keep your pets safe. Post reminders on doors and gates, to ensure that guests don’t accidentally leave an escape route available.
  • Keep pets inside during fireworks (both the larger city displays and backyard variety)
  • Keep your pet safe from ingesting or coming in contact with hot or poisonous materials. This includes sparklers, glow sticks, charcoal, and even kabob skewers. That yummy meat juice all over your grill and skewers can be a temptation that leads to serious injury.
  • Keep pets away from the hot grill.
  • If the heat and humidity are getting to you, they are likely getting to your pet, too. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are killers of people and pets. Provide plenty of shade and water, and bring them inside when they show signs of overheating.
  • NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN THE CAR IN THE HEAT, even if you leave a window cracked. Temperatures inside a car can become deadly very quickly.
  • If traveling for the holidays, think about boarding your pet or hiring a pet sitter. The last thing you want is for Fido to get spooked by fireworks while visiting an unfamiliar place.

Post-Celebration Tips: 

  • In the weeks leading up the the 4th, especially if your neighbors are shooting off fireworks, walk your yard (or pastures) frequently to check to for any debris that may have drifted into your yard. It’s possible for chemical residues on fireworks remains could be harmful to your pet if ingested, or spent sparkler sticks could injure them.
  • If you hosted a party, make sure all food scraps and debris are discarded before turning your pet loose in the house or yard. Not only can some food scraps be harmful to pets, plastic silverware, kabob skewers, and wrappers can also pose a risk.

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