Pets Rely on Us for July 4 Safety

Trisha Consunji, 916-649-0599 (California Veterinary Medical Association)


Pets Rely on Us for July 4th Safety

Fireworks stands are popping up across California, and the quiet night is interrupted by early celebrations in anticipation of Independence Day. Whether it’s a few kids on the block, a neighborhood celebration, or a town show, the night sky is frequently alive with the sights and sounds of the holiday. The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) reminds everyone that though they are legal in some communities, fireworks cause many animals to be caught somewhere between nervous and terrified.

Reasonable precautions can make our annual ritual of exploding bright colors and loud bangs safer for pets. The CVMA urges pet owners to pay extra attention to their animals’ safety and protection during July 4 celebrations.

Many scared pets try to escape the frightening noises and end up breaking through their normal security and running away. Make sure all identification tags are up-to-date and watch your pets closely during the holiday weekend.

Look for common signs like:

  • Shaking and trembling
  • Barking and howling
  • Excessive drooling
  • Attempting to hide
  • Refusing food and trying to escape the house, fence, or enclosure

To ensure your pet stays safe and with you this Fourth of July, the CVMA recommends the following:

  • Keep small pets sheltered indoors. Turn on the radio or TV for distraction.
  • Never leave pets alone outdoors, even if tethered or in a fenced yard. Dogs may escape and become lost or injure themselves by chewing or choking on their leashes.
  • Do not take your pet to a fireworks show or leave it in your car unattended. If you must be outside with your pet, be sure to keep it on a leash or in a carrier.
  • Protect animals from children who may not realize that waving sparklers or setting off “safe” firecrackers could upset a family pet.
  • Keep your pet’s I.D. tags current, so you can be reunited easily in the event it runs away.
  • Talk to your veterinarian about a mild sedative or tranquilizer for your animals to calm their fears.

The CVMA wants all pets and their owners to enjoy a safe and sane Fourth of July. For more information about this press release, please contact Trisha Consunji at (916) 649-0599.



The California Veterinary Medical Association is the largest state veterinary medical association in the United States, with more than 7,000 members. Founded in 1888, its mission is to serve its membership and community through innovative leadership and to improve animal and human health in an ethically and socially responsible manner.

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