Seattle Humane: Pet Safety for the 4th of July

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

From Seattle Humane Society

While we humans might love loud and colorful explosions, our pets are much more sensitive to sound than we are. Unfortunately, the big gatherings, loud noises, and impressive fireworks that make this holiday a celebration for us can be frightening for our animals, causing them to panic. However, planning and precaution can ensure an enjoyable Fourth of July for everyone.

Pet Safety Tips for Independence Day:


Keep your pets in a safe, enclosed room with closed windows. If you’re having guests over, consider keeping pets in a room that’s off limits to others. Be sure to provide plenty of water and food.


Surround pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Sometimes the smell of an article of your clothing can help comfort them. Play soothing music, and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows, and blinds.


Even if your pet doesn’t seem obviously upset by fireworks, they can still cause harm. Avoid potential burns, injuries, or possible ingestion by keeping all pets away from fireworks.


Give your pet plenty of exercise in the morning. This will calm your pets and help them relax with the stress of loud noises around them.


The biggest risk of all during this holiday is that pets will get loose and become lost. Even if a pet is secured inside, the sound of fireworks can cause extreme panic – sometimes causing them to break through glass windows. 

Make sure your pets are microchipped and wearing identification tags. Call to confirm that both the microchip company and your pet's veterinarian have your current address and phone number(s) on file. 

Additionally, Seattle Humane (in Bellevue) offers microchipping services for $20 for low-income individuals. To learn more about this service, click here.


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