Protect Your Pets During Fireworks Displays Across the Jersey Shore

Protect Your Pets During Fireworks Displays Across the Jersey Shore

Many people are unaware that the Fourth of July is the most dangerous holiday for pets. According to national statistics, animal control officials across the country see a 30-60% increase in lost pets each year between July 4th and 6th. In fact, July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters. Thousands of pets are lost each holiday due to the big bangs of those spectacular but scary fireworks displays. These unexpected and loud noises put our pets in a spooked state of confusion causing them to run away from home by escaping out windows or fences.

Sadly, many cats and dogs are never returned to their owners because they lack identification like an i.d. tag or chip. Identification is key to being reunited safely with your pet.

There are, however, some things you can do to ensure your pet is relaxed and entertained during the fireworks. Read more about them on our post, “Five Ways to Keep Pets Safe During Fireworks”. The article highlights pet games as well as treats, toys and accessories. Available at our retail stores, the Thundershirt, for example, can help ease anxiety in pets and distract them from those big bangs and have them concentrating more on big fun with the family.

Most importantly, it’s vital that you know the days and times when your community is going to host its celebrations so you can either protect your pet in the comfort of your home or make accommodations to board your dog or cat at your local pet care facility.

Here’s a list of popular Jersey Shore fireworks displays to prepare you and your pet for fireworks all summer long:

  • Atlantic Highlands Fireworks: July 4 at 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Point Pleasant Beach Fireworks: July 3 at 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Manasquan Fireworks & More: July 3 at 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Ocean Township Fireworks: July 3 at 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Brick Summerfest: July 3 at 7:00 pm – July 4 at 10:00 pm
  • Asbury Park Fireworks: July 4 at 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Bradley Beach Fireworks, Dance & Swim: July 4 at 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Long Branch NJ Oceanfest & Fireworks: July 4 at 10:45 am – 10:30 pm
  • West Long Branch Fireworks: July 4 at 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Wildwood 4th of July: July 4 at 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Seaside Heights Fireworks: July 4 at 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Ocean City July 4th: July 4 at 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • LBI Fireworks: July 4 at 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Atlantic City Fireworks: July 4 at 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm

WEEKLY DISPLAYS

  • Wildwood has fireworks on the Beach every Friday night in July and August.
  • Point Pleasant offers fireworks displays each Thursday in July and August.
  • Seaside Heights has Wednesday fireworks from June through September.
  • Asbury Park has a fireworks show each Wednesday night of the summer.

From all of us at Purr’n Pooch, we wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July together, pets and people. The Jersey Shore has so many fun activities to offer and although fireworks may be exciting for people, we must remember that the Fourth and other fireworks celebrations throughout the summer are fearful times for pets. Take precautions, be safe, and enjoy.

Five Ways to Keep Pets Safe During Fireworks

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For many pets, fireworks can be very scary – the noise, smell and bright, flashing lights can bring on severe anxiety and fear in many dogs and cats. And today fireworks are held at various times of the year with little or no warning for pets and their owners. Left unsupervised, your dog or cat can become disorientated and possibly escape from the house or yard seeking safety only to end up hurt or lost for hours, or even days. If your pet does not have a microchip or identification of any kind on his body, he could even be lost forever. It’s important that as pet owners, we take precautions to ensure our pet’s safety.
Purr’n Pooch offers the following five tips to help keep your pet safe and secure during the big booms of summer fireworks:
1. Provide a safe place for your pet to seek refuge from the noise. Many dogs prefer a small den-like place, such as their crate or bed to rest if they feel frightened or stressed. Cats have hiding down to a science, so you’ll probably find your friend safely and snuggly hiding in a closet or under your bed during the fireworks. Before the fireworks begin, make sure that all your pets are accounted for and protected inside your home before the celebration begins.
2. Avoid leaving your pet alone, in or outdoors, when fireworks are set off nearby. If you must leave your pet home alone, make sure he is left indoors with all windows and doors securely closed and locked. The soft, familiar sounds of an air conditioner, kitchen vent, radio or t.v., if left on while not home, will help to lessen the intensity of the loud booms depending how far you are located from the attraction.
3. Never punish or yell at your pet if he seems alarmed. Instead, act normal and relaxed. Speak calmly and cheerfully to him and try to distract him with toys and treats. You can give him a KONG toy stuffed with treats and let him figure out how to get them out. At Purr’n Pooch we fill a KONG toy with treats, then seal it up with peanut butter and put it in the freezer to chill, then later our pups love to lick the frozen peanut butter and try to get the treats out. Certain kinds of treats can also relax pets. At both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations we have Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Treats for all different size pets. We also have Churpi Chews, which are all-natural, long lasting products.
4. Apply gentle pressure to your pet’s body to help relieve anxiety. A wrap fastened firmly around his midsection will calm his nervous system through application of a gentle hug-like pressure. We recommend using Thundershirt, which is available at both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL.
5. Protect your pet’s hearing with earmuffs. Mutt Muffs Hearing Protection for Dogs are comfortable and lightweight with adjustable straps and wide, foam-filled ear seals for maximum comfort. Make sure however that you dog is  supervised while wearing them.
From all of us at Purr’n Pooch, we wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July together, pets and people. The Jersey Shore has so many fun activities to offer and although fireworks may be exciting for people across the region, we must remember that the Fourth and other fireworks celebrations throughout the summer are fearful times for pets. Take precautions, be safe, and enjoy.