Experts give tips to keep dogs safe during Fourth of July

Fireworks are a major part of the Fourth of July holiday, but they can be very stressful for pets.

News 12 Staff

Jul 4, 2019, 2:37 AM

Updated 1,782 days ago

Share:

Fireworks are a major part of the Fourth of July holiday, but they can be very stressful for pets.
The flashing lights and loud booms from fireworks are especially traumatic for many dogs.
"Some dogs have no idea what's going on," says Zach Sideris of Huntington. "They probably think it's Armageddon going on with the fireworks and all that stuff."
Rob DiFebo says his dog Ollie tends to run when he hears fireworks.
"He's a runner. He'll run into traffic and there's a possible chance of losing him so I have to stay vigilant," says DiFebo.
According to the American Humane Society, July 5 is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters because animals tend to run away in a panic during the fireworks. But experts say there are precautions you can take to keep your pets safe.
"Earlier in the day, it's important to exercise them so they're tired by nighttime when the party gets kind of wild," says Erica Kutzing of Strong Island Animal Rescue League. "A tired animal is a good animal. So you definitely want to tire them out while the sun is up."
Kutzing says you can also give the dog Benadryl, Melatonin or a ThunderShirt.
Experts say to keep ID tags on dogs, with phone numbers on them so if they do get lost, whoever finds them knows who to contact.
Pets also shouldn't be fed people food or alcohol because it can be toxic to animals.


More from News 12
1:53
East Patchogue teen files lawsuit blaming Brookhaven Town following cancer diagnosis

East Patchogue teen files lawsuit blaming Brookhaven Town following cancer diagnosis

2:33
Sun returns with highs near 70 today; temps to climb near 80 midweek

Sun returns with highs near 70 today; temps to climb near 80 midweek

0:19
2 people injured after car overturns on Long Island Expressway in Melville

2 people injured after car overturns on Long Island Expressway in Melville

0:21
Police: Man in critical condition after being pulled from pool in West Hills

Police: Man in critical condition after being pulled from pool in West Hills

2:24
Main Street Long Island: Showcasing the best of Glen Cove

Main Street Long Island: Showcasing the best of Glen Cove

1:09
Paws & Pals: Dogs up for adoption at Save-A-Pet Animal Shelter on May 20

Paws & Pals: Dogs up for adoption at Save-A-Pet Animal Shelter on May 20

1:46
Pizza Strong: Massive fundraiser supports family of slain NYPD Detective Jonathan Diller

Pizza Strong: Massive fundraiser supports family of slain NYPD Detective Jonathan Diller

0:30
Portion of Southern State Parkway in West Babylon reopens following car accident

Portion of Southern State Parkway in West Babylon reopens following car accident

1:55
Northwell Health Walk at Jones Beach raises money to support women and children

Northwell Health Walk at Jones Beach raises money to support women and children

0:15
Superintendent: Swastika found on classroom desk at Harborfields High School

Superintendent: Swastika found on classroom desk at Harborfields High School

Guide: School Vote 2024 budgets and tax informaton

Guide: School Vote 2024 budgets and tax informaton

0:39
Police: Man injured in Wyandanch shooting; suspect at large

Police: Man injured in Wyandanch shooting; suspect at large

1:59
Greenlawn teen arrested, accused of making ‘threat of mass harm’ at Oldfield Middle School

Greenlawn teen arrested, accused of making ‘threat of mass harm’ at Oldfield Middle School

1:45
 Missed swim lessons due to COVID-19 may be contributing to rise in child drownings

Missed swim lessons due to COVID-19 may be contributing to rise in child drownings

0:51
Vet Fest in Farmingdale aims to support, encourage veterans who need help

Vet Fest in Farmingdale aims to support, encourage veterans who need help

0:17
Authorities: George Washington Bridge climber in custody

Authorities: George Washington Bridge climber in custody

0:32
Police: 3 people arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check at Huntington Station deli

Police: 3 people arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check at Huntington Station deli

2:28
How did a Nassau County doctor overprescribe highly addictive pain pills, despite strict laws in place?

How did a Nassau County doctor overprescribe highly addictive pain pills, despite strict laws in place?

1:46
Hit-and-run on South Oyster Bay Rd. in Plainview leaves woman with concussion, 6 staples in head

Hit-and-run on South Oyster Bay Rd. in Plainview leaves woman with concussion, 6 staples in head

0:26
Principal: Student approached by van full of men in ski masks in Selden

Principal: Student approached by van full of men in ski masks in Selden