Keeping our four-legged friends calm on 4th of July


Fourth of July is around the corner, a time to celebrate, but it can also be a night of fear and anxiety for pets.

The booming sound and shimmering lights are a great way to celebrate Independence Day, but our four-legged friends can suffer from the loud noise.

“When they hear the fireworks or any of the loud noises they get scared,” said Debbie Johnston. 

To avoid unnecessary stress, staff at Valley Animal Center recommend keeping pets indoors and distracted from the outside commotion. 

“Turn up the radio and turn up the TV so they are hearing that and focusing on what’s on the tv or radio,” said Devon Prendergast, Outreach Coordinator with the Valley Animal Center. 

If your pet experiences extreme anxiety you can get them a prescription.

“The medication is basically going to just calm them down get them to relax a little bit more, it’s a anxiety medicine but for dogs,” Prendergast said. 
Debbie plans to keep her dogs busy and inside this holiday.

“The biggest fear is that they get out and run away so we just stay at home and keep them inside,” Johnson added. 

Many pets do tend to run away, hoping to escape the noise, which is why it’s important to microchip your pets and keep your contact information up to date.

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