More pets are reported missing during holidays where fireworks are present, the Michigan Humane Society says.
MHS says to do the following for your pets during the Fourth of July fireworks season:
- Microchip your pet in case they become lost
- Make sure any doors and windows in your home are shut. Your pets can become extremely distressed by the loud noises of fireworks, and they may make a run for it.
- Give your pet a safe space to retreat. Grab your dog's favorite toy and a few blankets and let him wait out the fireworks in a secluded, quiet space. Fireworks too loud? Try putting on music or turning the TV up to drown them out.
- Divert their attention. Try giving your pet a new bone or chew toy to distract them from the fireworks booming outside.
- Talk with your vet to see if your pet might benefit from alternative options to reduce stress.