This blog is in part a repost from July 2018.

The 4th of July is a day of celebration, festivities, and fun. But unlike people, pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of fireworks with celebrations. Many cats and dogs are scared of fireworks, and often panic at the loud whizzes and bangs they hear throughout the day and night.

It’s been reported that more pets get lost on July 4th than any other day of the year. The American Humane Association reports that July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters – and these shelters record high numbers of lost pets from July 4-6th. Veterinarians also receive more visits to treat pets that have gotten injured from trying to “flee” the fireworks.

Here at The COVE, we want to ensure you and your furry family members have a fun and safe 4th of July. Watch our video below for important pet safety tips.

What to Do if Your Pet Runs Away

Even with all the careful measures we put in place, accidents happen. If your pet runs away, check your local animal shelter to see if they’ve found your furry friend. Pets can end up running many miles away from their home so make sure you visit shelters that are located in neighboring cities and counties. Many shelters update their website with photos of the animals they’ve received, especially during busy times of the year. It is important to check online frequently, including a shelter’s Facebook page. Additionally, you can notify your primary care veterinarian and call local animal emergency hospitals.

What to Do if Your Pet Gets Hurt This Holiday

We hope these tips help you prepare for the 4th of July. As a reminder, should your fur baby become ill or injured, The COVE is open 24/7 for emergencies – including all holidays. Please call us at 757-935-9111, if possible, so we can prepare for your arrival and assist you with bringing your pet inside.

We wish all of our pet patients and their families a very happy 4th of July!

About Us

The COVE’s veterinarians and staff wholeheartedly embrace the core values of community, collaboration, commitment, compassion, and integrity. This focus ensures that pets, the people who love them, and their primary care veterinarians have as positive and affirming a healthcare experience as possible, regardless of the circumstances that bring us all together.