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Keep your pets inside on the night of July 4th. Anytime the fireworks are going off, keep them in and give them a Kong filled with peanut butter. It is like a puzzle with food in it, the pet has to figure it out.
There are calming aids that can be given to dogs and cats.
Doc Roy's Docile Dog - This is a natural product. This calms anxious dogs down. Comfort Zone with DAP for dogs is also a good product.
Feliway for cats is a good calming product for cats.
I would start a few days before July 4, and go on a few days afterward. Start earlier if there are more fireworks earlier than this.
The reason you want to calm them and give them toys that are hard to figure out, such as Kongs, is that they could easily become anxious over any loud noise and this would make them nervous. July 4 is very traumatic for a dog or cat who is afraid. Most of them are. Talking and scolding do not do any good and can cause harm.
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Editor's Note: I lost a dog years ago on the 4th one year and was never able to find her.
Make sure your pet has a tag with his/her name on it and your phone number. You can make your own at PetSmart or Petco for about $6. I've found pets and have been able to return them to their home quickly if they have a tag.
We also noticed this year that a couple fans running on high helped calm our dog and masked the sound of the fireworks. She was less anxious than she was last Fourth of July.
Your best bet on the 4th is to crate your pet in a bedroom, or down in a basement. Close doors, have several doors between your pet and freedom. Lock your pet in a bathroom that doesn't have windows. Run noise in the house, such as a fan, tv, or loud music. Dope your dog (with meds from the vet) if your dog gets too upset. Don't take your dog to fireworks under any circumstances.