Pet Owners: Help Your Pets During Fireworks


INDIANAPOLIS –  Indianapolis Animal Care & Control (IACC) would like to remind everyone that the harmless act of setting off fireworks over the weeks surrounding the Fourth of July can be detrimental to many pets. Dogs and cats that are very sensitive to loud noises will try to escape the constant “booming” of the fireworks by running away from their homes. This behavior leads to an increase of stray animals throughout the City.

Here are a couple of helpful tips from IACC for the holiday weekend:

  • Try to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible during this time.
  • Ensure that your pet has a comfortable, secure space, and is not left outside for extended periods.
  • If you have an outdoor cat, try to bring it indoors during the evening hours.
  • Take your dog for a long walk in the early evenings to help burn off any excess energy—this additional exercise can also help your dog sleep better.
  • Thundershirts, chew toys, and the use of background noise, such as TVs, music, fans, and white noise, are popular options that can help to keep pets calm during this holiday season.
  • If you do need to leave your pet alone in the evening, consider asking a friend or family member to sit with your pet while you’re out. The simple presence of a human can provide tremendous comfort to a nervous dog or cat.
  • If you decide to take your dog around festivities that include fireworks, make sure that your dog has on a collar with appropriate identification and keep them on a leash and close to you at all times.

In extreme cases of anxiety, drugs or oral tranquilizers may be required to calm your pet. Your veterinarian can examine and prescribe any medication necessary. In addition, if your pet is not microchipped, now is the perfect time to talk to your vet about this simple procedure.

IACC wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!