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5 Tips to Keeping Your Dog Safe During Fireworks (or thunderstorms)

5 Tips to Keeping Your Dog Safe During Fireworks (or thunderstorms)


For your dog’s safety and well-being, it is best to leave them home while you enjoy the fireworks. The noise and crowds can become scary and overwhelming. Bring your pets inside and close doggie doors prior to the fireworks starting. Keep them home, keep them safe.


If your dog has a kennel that they consider their “safe place” utilize it to help them feel calm and comfortable when the fireworks are going off. (This may also be helpful during other times they feel stressed like during thunderstorms) A dark, quiet room your dog feels comfortable in is another good option. They may want to hide under the bed or in a closet, allow them to be where they feel safe. Closing blinds, providing a bed or blanket and having the television or music on can also bring comfort to your dog and help block out other sounds.


More dog’s run away on the 4th of July than any other day of the year! If your pet is scared they may flee to try to get away from the loud noises. This is a good time to make sure that your pet’s microchip has your current contact information on record for it and that your pet is wearing a collar with identification and contact information. Need to get your pet microchipped? Click here to schedule an appointment or give us a call at 309.343.6156


Take your dog on a walk or out to get exercise prior to the fireworks starting. Burning off some energy will help your dog relax when the loud noises start. Also be sure to give them the opportunity to relieve themselves outside before the fireworks or thunderstorm.


If your pet is especially affected by fireworks (or thunderstorms) there are other tools you can use to help give them comfort. Talk to your veterinarian about which options would be best suited for your dog. A few things that may be recommended:

  • Thundershirts – something your pet wears that “applies gentle, constant pressure, similar to swaddling an infant”
  • Adaptil – calming pheromones available in diffusers, spray, and collars (travel size spray available for sale at Knox Pet Clinic)
  • Prescription medications or supplements – If you think your dog would benefit from prescription medication or supplements click here to make an appointment or contact our office at 309.343.6156 to talk to our friendly staff at Knox Pet Clinic about keeping your dog safe and calm during stressful times.