Fireworks May Not Be a Good Idea for Pets

Bella shops with her owner in A Paw Above Pet Emporium in North Augusta, SC.

North Augusta, SC — This Fourth of July holiday may be a time of celebration for people, but that may not be the case for your furry friends.

WJBF News Channel 6’s Renetta DuBose took a look at what Independence Day means for man’s best friend.

Like many dogs, her Coco Chanel finds loud noises very disturbing.  She even runs.  One local rescue gets busy around this time of year because, while the display of lights is pretty, it’s too much for your pet to handle.

Coco Chanel runs from loud noises, like fireworks.
Coco Chanel runs from loud noises, like fireworks.

Dogs like Bella and even cats may not be as thrilled about the upcoming holiday.

Bella shops with her owner in A Paw Above Pet Emporium in North Augusta, SC.
Bella shops with her owner in A Paw Above Pet Emporium in North Augusta, SC.

While food and family may not be a problem, the fireworks show or people arbitrarily setting them off in the neighborhood could be detrimental to your pet.

Nancy Kay serves as Director of Southern Souls Rescue.  She told us her rescue receives runaway dogs following almost every Independence Day and New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration.

“The brain gets an adrenaline rush and it sends a fear through their body that they react to and it’s like a fight or flight type situation for them and most of the dogs will run,” Kay said.

All of the dogs were returned to their owners and she said many are found in or near the place the fireworks were set off.

“People don’t think about it.  They take their dogs out to the fireworks and then the dogs run and they lose their dogs,” Kay explained.

News Channel 6 headed over to ‘A Paw Above Pet Emporium’ in North Augusta.  In the training section, you can find an anxiety wrap, which could help calm your pet.  Oral calming aids help too.

Anxiety Wrap sold at A Paw Above Pet Emporium can help calm your pet.
Anxiety Wrap sold at A Paw Above Pet Emporium can help calm your pet.

If the dogs still run, ‘A Paw Above’ owners suggest identification tags or microchipping your animal.  Kay agreed that works, but she warns keeping them on a leash or not exposing them at all.

“Cause they’re traumatized.  Dogs will back away from them.  Some dogs will try to bite. Where dogs were not afraid of a thunderstorm, they become afraid of thunderstorms.  It makes them afraid of things that they weren’t normally afraid of,” she said.  “We’ve had dogs turn on their owners because the fear in them.  They’re afraid that they’re going to be taken back out to where they’re going to hear loud noises again.”

Dogs can be left at home in a crate to avoid firework fear.
Dogs can be left at home in a crate to avoid firework fear.

‘A Paw Above’ shared a few more tips:

Keep your pets indoors

Crate if not home

Keep them busy with toys inside that crate (nothing harmful)

Also, over at A Paw Above you can get natural treats that have calming herbs added to them.

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