Fourth of July and summer fireworks can be scary experiences for pets. Dogs, cats, and other animals can get spooked easily by the loud bang of fireworks, and it’s our job to do whatever we can to help keep them safe. Animals may get scared or confused when the unexpected bang occurs, causing them to runaway in fright, or otherwise injure themselves out of fear.
Here are some tips to help keep our animal friends safe during 4th of July and summer fireworks:
- Give pets a safe environment from the loud noises. Dogs often like to be in a small space when they feel frightened, such as their crate or dog bed. Cats routinely hide in closets or under beds during fireworks. Make sure you know where your furry friends are before and after the fireworks display.
- In or outdoors, avoid leaving pets alone during fireworks. If you must leave pets alone, make sure all windows and doors are securely shut. Familiar noises like the T.V., a fan or the air conditioner can help lessen the stress of the loud noises.
- If your pet seems scared, avoid punishment and speak calmly and cheerfully. Give pets a distraction from the loud booms with a KONG® toy full of treats. At Purr’n Pooch we fill the toy up with treats then seal it up with peanut butter and put it in the freezer. Pups love to lick the frozen peanut butter then get to the treat. Specific treats are made for pet relaxation. At both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations, we have Pet Naturals Vermont Calming Treats for all kinds of pets. All-natural, long-lasting Churpi Chews are also a good bet.
- Gentle pressure can help relieve anxiety. If a furry friend feels stressed, a wrap fastened around the midsection can calm the nervous system through a hug-like pressure. We suggest using Thundershirt, available at both Purr’n Pooch locations in sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL.
- Don’t forget about the ears. Our pets are sensitive to loud noises just like us, and Mutt Muffs Hearing Protection for dogs is a great way to protect hearing. The muffs are comfortable, lightweight and come with adjustable straps and wide, foam-filled ear seals for the highest level of comfort. Make sure to supervise your pooch while the muffs are on.
- ID your pet. Make sure all your pets have an ID tag or microchip so they can be returned to your loving home if they escape.
- Educate yourself. Make sure you know when your community, and surrounding area, is having fireworks displays so you can be prepared to protect your pets.
Here is a list of popular Jersey Shore fireworks displays:
- Atlantic Highlands Fireworks: July 3 at 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- Point Pleasant Beach Fireworks: July 2 at 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- Manasquan Fireworks & More: July 4 at 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- Ocean Township Fireworks: July 3 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- Brick Summerfest: July 2 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- Asbury Park Fireworks:July 4 at 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- Bradley Beach Fireworks, Dance & Swim: July 3 at 9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- Long Branch NJ Oceanfest& Fireworks: July 4 at 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- West Long Branch Fireworks: July 4 from 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
- Wildwood 4th of July: July 3 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Seaside Heights Fireworks: July 4 from 9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- Ocean City July 4th: July 1 at 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- LBI Fireworks: July 4 at 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- Atlantic City Fireworks: July 3 at 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- Wildwood: Every Friday night at 10 p.m. in July and August
- Point Pleasant Beach: Every Thursday night at dark in July and August
- Seaside Heights: Every Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. in July and August
From all of us at Purr’n Pooch, we wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July together, pets and people. Remember to take care of our furry friends so we can all be safe and enjoy the summer.