VIRGINIA BEACH — Officials from the Virginia Beach SPCA are advising pet owners to prepare ahead for fireworks and loud noises on the Fourth of July.
The No. 1 thing they recommend doing is keeping pets indoors at all times and provide a safe space where the pet can hide away, said Mike Lawson, Virginia Beach SPCA spokesman.
“It might be tempting to have your pet join you in the festivities, but keeping pets indoors is a much safer option,” he said. “Even obedient pets can get startled and react out of panic, which may result in your pet running off to escape the noise.”
The Virginia Beach SPCA also recommends making sure your pet is wearing a current ID tag and your pet’s microchip information is up to date.
“It is best to keep your pet inside and provide a sanctuary space in a quiet area of your home. We also recommend keeping an eye on your pet at all times, especially if you know your pet is frightened by fireworks,” Lawson added.
You should also have a current photo of your pet on hand in case your pet does get loose.
Calming your pet
The Virginia Beach SPCA recommends trying a few techniques to keep your pet calm during the firework shows.
For one, never light fireworks around your pets.
If your pet has anxiety medication, make sure you have enough medication ahead of time.
For those who don’t have medication, other calming products such as a calming diffuser for cats or an anti-anxiety shirt for dogs can be helpful.
The SPCA also recommends having treats or a new toy on hand to help distract your pet throughout the evening.