Prepare your Pet for July 4th with 5 Key Tips

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Did you know?

More pets get lost on July 4th than any other day of the year.  In fact, shelters in the USA see a 30-60% spike in lost pets taken in from July 4th to 6th.

Fireworks can be terrifying for pets. Learn how to keep them calm and safe with our expert tips for a worry-free Independence Day celebration.

Prepare Early

Start protecting your pet a week before and after the holiday. Fireworks can start early and linger, so be ready. If your pet experiences anxiety, consult your vet about medications and fill the prescription ahead of time.

Secure Your Pet

If you’re leaving your pet at home, crate them or use a TV/stereo to drown out noise. If outdoors, leash your dog securely – even loop it around your shoulder for extra safety.

Check Your Yard and Home

Ensure all escape routes are secure. Panicked pets can slip out easily.

Update ID’s

Make sure your pet’s microchip and ID tags are up to date. Cats can wear temporary paper tags if they don’t usually have collars.

Register on Petco Love Lost

Upload your pet’s photo to Petco Love Lost for quick searches using facial recognition if they go missing.


Let’s make this 4th of July safe and enjoyable for everyone, including our beloved pets!




About the Author:
Wyatt Baggett is the Marketing Associate at Young-Williams Animal Center. With over five years of experience working with shelter pets and a passion for animal welfare, he enjoys creating informative content for pet parents. When he’s not working, Wyatt enjoys hanging out with his three rescue dogs, thrifting, and hunting down the best eats around Knoxville.