10 tips for fireworks and pet safety around Lake Sinclair

I have a puppy that is really terrified of loud noises.  So with the holiday weekend upon we are hoping for a better outcome than Memorial Day which ended with a stress related emergency and expensive vet visit.

The fourth of July is the day that more dogs go missing than any other day. On Memorial Day weekend in lake country I know lots of dogs ran off. Local facebook groups were filled with "have you seen my doggie?" And it's heartbreaking to know that some never found their way back to their families.

So here are some tips:

  1. Keep your pets indoors. If you have your pet outside, keep it on a leash and go inside if fireworks begin
  2. Leave the lights on because the flashing lights outside can be as stressful as the noise.
  3. Turn on the radio or television, not a loud volume, but normal like they are used to.
  4. A white noise machine or fan will also be helpful 
  5. If you use a thunder jacket with your dog you should put it on around the time it's about to get dark and not wait until the dog is in a panic mode. If your dog is already breathing heavy the thunder jacket likely will not help. 
  6. If you know you dog will be stressed you can help with mediation from your vet or even Benydryl (with the dosage advice from your vet) 
  7. Make sure you pet has access to water.  This can help keep them calm
  8. Close your blinds and curtains, this helps with the flashes and noise from outside
  9. Offer treats, cuddles and talk to your pets in a normal voice.
  10. Lavender oil in a diffuser is helpful to calm them down

If your pet does go missing  there are a couple of places you can post it on Facebook so that your neighbors can help be on the lookout for them. Lake Sinclair community page (public, searchable and sharable as long as you post publically)  and Dude, where's my dog?

I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.

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Comment balloon 15 commentsTammy Lankford, • July 02 2016 12:17PM


Hi Tammy

I think this is really useful information for pet owners, especially those who have fur friends that get freaked out with the noise, and even more importantly dogs that go outside! And the noise, at least around here, go on for several days, not just on the 4th.

Hope you can keep you r puppy feeling safe and secure!!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 4 years ago

Yes, Jeff in my neighborhood too.  Last night it had already started. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

Tammy, It breaks my heart too ... so many pet owners claim to love their pets and yet they show little, if any regard for them when fireworks are around. Gosh darn it ... I wish I could cuddle them all and make them feel safe. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 4 years ago

Tammy- my poor Lucky never did well with thunder or fireworks.  I wish I'd known about the thunder jackets when she was still alive.  These are helpful hints for pet owners. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Hello Tammy

This is a great post for anyone that has pets and dogs ears are so sensitive, I can understand why they don't like the noise!

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 4 years ago

I love the post. Good advice to keep the pets indoors . Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 4 years ago

Great tips my friend!  I hope everyone will follow them and have a fun holiday, while also staying safe!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) over 4 years ago

Thanks for thinking of our furry friends this holiday! Our Samantha the Wonder Dog was never afraid of fireworks and is mostly deaf now (in her 15th year) but I know dogs that need to be sedated for the Fourth.

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) over 4 years ago

Our youngest pups are not enjoying all of the booming skies Tammy Lankford, and they are ready for the fireworks to end!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 4 years ago

I have a good friend of mine whose dog is very scared of fireworks. Every year she huddles with her on the couch to get through that time of night when everyone starts letting them off. Poor thing.

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) over 4 years ago

Happy July 4thTammy, wishing you and your family a happy and safe July 4th celebration,

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate over 4 years ago

Hello Tammy Lankford, 

Wishing you and yours a very Happy 4th of July!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 4 years ago

If you have a basement that you use regularly that would help with noise and flashing lights too.

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Brandy never liked them much either.  And I got tired of them myself this year.

Posted by Jerrill Ewing, Builder (N & J Lake Properties, LLC) over 4 years ago

I don't have pets so it's not an issue for me, but so many people will appreciate these tips! I never understand seeing puppies and newborn babies at fireworks.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 4 years ago