For all of us making our homes in the US, today is a special day of celebration. There are parties, backyard barbeques, parades and fireworks. Although the 4th is traditionally a family day, some of our family members should not be included in some of these events. That is , the "furry kids".
Dogs and outdoor/indoor cats need to be kept indoors when some of the festivities are taking place; especially the fireworks. Our pets hearing is much more acute than ours. The booming sound of fireworks can therefore, be terrifying for them. DO NOT bring dogs to firework displays. Leave them at home with a family member, a trusted friend, or a pet sitter. Even when at home, the loud sounds of nearby fireworks can cause pets to be frenzied. If you have one of these pets, I advise you to keep blinds and curtains closed during the fireworks display. Turn on the TV or radio extra loud and engage in play or other companion type activity with your pet as a diversion. Thundershirts are also a good idea for pets who get particularly "freaked out" by fireworks.
This is a holiday that should be safe and joyous. Make sure it is that way for the "furry kids" as well as the rest of the family.