Help Keep Pets safe on the Noisy Fourth of July Holiday

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Tips to Help Pets on the Fourth of July


Our white Golden Retriever, McKinley, doesn't understand the loud sizzles and booms of the Fourth of July holiday. Therefore, we do our best to minimize and mask the noise. And, we let him on the bed for cuddles, in the event he needs comfort.  


His veterinarian's office, Orchard Hills Animal Hospital in Washougal, Washington, has some good advice for pet owners as we approach the big day. They shared this infographic on their Facebook page, and we thought it was worth sharing. 


We also like the idea of taking dogs for a long walk early in the day, before the noise starts. Plenty of exercise, and the distraction of a new toy, or treat, might help distract them from the disruption going on outside. 

Thundershirts are also an option for noise sensitive or anxious pets.  They are gentle compression wraps that helps both cats and dogs feel more secure. The concept is similar to swaddling an infant. 

We think everyone should enjoy the Fourth of July, but not at the expense of pets, other animails, and wildlife. Regardless, personal fireworks are still legal in our area, therefore we need to ensure the least traumatic plan of action for our pets. 


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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debb and Bernie - although I understand why fireworks have come to signify celebrations/events, it's not something I have ever felt an attraction.  I imagine our four-legged furry friends have less of an understanding of "why" "what" along with other questions.    

Jul 02, 2019 10:04 AM #1
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
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HI Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD this is a fantastic graphic on how to keep pets safe and comfortable over the 4th of July weekend. Out little guy is pretty good but at times he does like to get up on our laps which is fine. We have lots of folks that shoot off fireworks and they started already last weekend. It's fun but I do look foward to it being over - for Barney.

Jul 02, 2019 10:27 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good afternoon Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - it is a hard time for pets and many pets get lost and end up in the shelters.

Jul 02, 2019 10:54 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Some of our cats were Ok with the fireworks and the noise...Kobe Cat definitely was.  Quincy has been through helicopters, loud evac notices that came through all our devices, so he is mellow  about it.,  I like the compression vest idea.  It is how the vet treated him after his neutering.  He had a special turtleneck for him and that compression gave him comfort...we are not into fireworks...except for popping a botte of champagneor bubbly!  A

Jul 02, 2019 11:59 AM #4
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

I know all to we'll about kitties hiding when they are scared in small spaces and Shadow got stuck once under a cabinet when I went to a motel. Had to get help to get her out. These are great tips.

Jul 02, 2019 01:38 PM #5
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Debb and Bernie:

That's a useful infographic for this holiday. I've seen statistics, at least here in San Diego from the animal shelters, that more pets, especially dogs, escape from their homes and are found elsewhere because of being spooked by the noise, as well as animals escaping because of all the parties.


Jul 02, 2019 04:27 PM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

This is an important topic to consider with this coming holiday.  I live close to a park which always has a major 4th of July firewords performance.  I always need to provide a comfortable environment for my two felines during the blastathon.

Jul 02, 2019 05:28 PM #7
Leif Price
Spot Color Marketing - Portland, OR
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Lucky to have a dog who doesn't mind the fireworks. Either he sleeps right through it or watches it with the kids. But still, responsible pet owners should check up on their pets especially with the coming event.

Jul 02, 2019 06:41 PM #8
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Deb... loved the infographic. I've yet to meet a dog or cat who stayed calm around the noise of fireworks. 

Jul 03, 2019 05:15 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are great tips and I hope that all people and pets will stay safe and sound on the 4th of July!

Jul 03, 2019 10:12 AM #10
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Wishing you a wonderful and safe Independence Day with your friends and family!

Jul 04, 2019 11:29 PM #11
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

What an awesome post, as a Pet Friendly Realtor who walks the talk... one of our cats loves to watch the fireworks from the window... we have classical music and the windows closed with the A/C on... the other cat could care less stays in his bed... then we have our "cat dog Holly" and our outdoor converted to indoor cat Wiley.... both were nervous wrecks... and Diane and I were considering giving some sedatives... we shall see New Years eve...Endre

Jul 05, 2019 10:57 PM #12
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