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Ease Your Pets’ Fear of Fireworks

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Ease Your Pets’ Fear of Fireworks

Keep Independence Day Safe for Your Furry Friends

When Sparks Fly on July 4th, so Can Your Pets


While July 4th is a time for fireworks and celebration, for many pets and their owners it can also be a time of anxiety. The loud noises, flashing lights and smell of sulfur can cause excessive fear in pets.


Your furry friends should not be included in celebrations that involve fireworks.  Fireworks can cause injuries and burns in pets as well as people. Curious pets can eat or chew unattended fireworks, causing injury and illness. Frightened pets may break leashes, jump fences, run away, or bite someone, including beloved family members.  Even if your holiday does not include fireworks, pets may become frightened by noises from neighborhood celebrations.


“Fireworks can create a terrifying experience for pets and make them physically ill, or so frightened, that they may break loose and run away, putting them in harm’s way," said Dr. Michael White, Director of the HCPH Veterinary Public Health Division.


Here are a few tips to keep your pet calm and safe on Independence Day:

  • Leave your pets at home.  Do not bring pets to the party.  They may become frightened and run away or cause injury to themselves and others.
  • Keep pets indoors.  Bring pets inside away from loud noises.  Turn on the television or radio to mask the noises. A quiet place, such as a carrier in the house, may provide your pet with a sense of security and comfort.  Never leave pets unattended, even in a fenced yard.
  • Make sure all pets are wearing current and correct identification.  Pets should always have on proper identification tags in case they run away or get lost.  This will be very helpful to local authorities as they try to reunite you with your pet.
  • Talk to your veterinarian before the holiday for help and advice to keep your pet safe and calm. If your pet trembles, drools, or displays other distressful behaviors during fireworks or thunderstorms, talk with your veterinarian.
  • Do NOT leave pets in a car at any time!  Even if you are in the shade with the windows open. The inside of the car can heat up very fast and the consequences can be disastrous. 

Plan ahead, talk with your veterinarian and be safe this July 4th. For more information, contact HCPH Veterinary Public Health at 281.999.3191 or visit or


HCPH is the local public health agency for the Harris County, Texas jurisdiction. It provides a wide variety of public health activities and services aimed at improving the health and well-being of the Harris County community.

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