Pet owners prepare their pets for 4th of July fireworks

Pet owners are speaking out to those who are thinking about bringing their pets out to the 4th of July festivities.

Posted: Jul. 4, 2018 5:42 PM
Updated: Jul. 4, 2018 6:11 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-- The fourth of July is a time for family and friends to get together and enjoy the fireworks outside.
But what about the pets indoors?

A few pet owners spoke about the methods they use to keep their animals safe and calm.


"I shouldn't have to sedate my dogs to survive a holiday."

Jackie Becker enjoys having the day off to be with her family. But for her dogs, she's already preparing for Wednesday's fireworks.

"Initially we thought thunder shirt, everyone recommended the thunder shirt," said Becker. "It works for a lot of animals, I'm not saying any of these things don't work, it just doesn't work for my dog."

She's resorted to medications, some even prescribed by her veterinarian. Others include CBD oil and Benadryl, along with a medication called "July 3rd" to help calm her dogs before the night begins.

"Somebody developed it due to the holiday and the fireworks and stuff."

Many dogs may get scared and could potentially run away. Her best advice for other owners is to microchip your animal.

"Make sure you microchip your pet," said Becker. "That is your only way to prove who the dog belongs to and we can get them returned to you."

Sam Mellott-Shoffstall said he, unfortunately, has experienced this himself.

"Something I thought was common sense turned out to be something I didn't think about," said Mellott-Shoffstall.

After letting his dog out on the 4th of July a few years ago, he found his dog in the middle of the road.

"Before I could get to him, a car actually hit him and he passed away that night because when I went to go get him there was a loud boom," said Mellott-Shoffstall. "And you've gotta remember dogs hearing is so much more sensitive than ours is. Something like a firework tonight may not be a big deal but to them, it's super loud."

Even in a closed backyard, he suggests always keeping an eye out.

"I let my pet out in the backyard thinking it was safe. I had a gated area, it was perfectly fine and they still got out. So just be aware of where your pet is at all times. I walked away for two minutes and he was gone."

If you are still planning to watch fireworks tonight, it is highly recommended that you leave those animals back at home or even skip the celebration all together to stay home with them and make sure they are comfortable.

It's also encouraged to have a TV or background noise on to help calm them down and also provide them with a safe place or somewhere to hide when those loud noises are happening.

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