Fourth of July fireworks in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Keeping Fourth of July Pet-Friendly

July means it’s time for fireworks! Although there will not be fireworks in Berkeley, shows in the San Francisco Bay Area can still be heard from home. The Fourth of July is a time for celebration, but for our furry friends, the loud booms and dazzling lights can be overwhelming.

Don’t let fireworks and loud celebrations ruin your pet’s Independence Day! At Allston + Stadium, your pet-friendly apartment community in Berkeley, California, we’ve got some easy tips to help keep your pet calm.

Create a Cozy Zone

Think about your pet’s happy place. Maybe it’s a quiet corner of your bedroom where they like to curl up for naps, or perhaps it’s the cool tile floor of the bathroom where they seek refuge from the summer heat. This will be their designated safe space during any noise disturbances, so transform it into a cozy sanctuary!

Bring out their favorite soft blankets and familiar toys to create a sense of comfort and security. Consider adding calming pheromone diffusers or sprays, readily available at most pet stores. These emit synthetic pheromones that mimic the chemical signals produced by mother pets, creating a sense of calmness and security for your furry friend.

By creating a familiar and comforting haven, you can help your pet feel safe and relaxed during the festivities. Don’t forget to treat your fur baby to all their favorite snacks as well!

Dog and cat cuddling on sofa at Allston + Stadium.

Block Out the Boom

Create a calming soundscape tailored specifically for your pet. Many TV stations and streaming services offer channels or playlists designed to soothe animals, often featuring ambient noise, classical music, nature sounds, and even soft rock proven to reduce anxiety.

These gentle melodies can provide a comforting distraction from the fireworks outside. If you don’t have a streaming service subscription, there are also many websites and apps that offer free calming music for pets. Check out the wonderful resources below!

For an extra layer of noise reduction, consider using a white noise machine. These devices generate a constant, ambient sound that can mask the startling booms and crackles of fireworks. White noise machines are readily available online or at most electronics stores.

Finally, draw the curtains and close the windows throughout your apartment. This will not only further minimize the loud sounds but also block out any flashes of light from the fireworks display, creating a more peaceful environment for your pet.

Dog playing with toy at Allston + Stadium.

Pre-Firework Fun

Allow time for zoomies! A tired pet is a less stressed pet. Before the fireworks start, take your dog for a long walk or enjoy an energetic play session with your cat to burn off some energy. Read our blog, Pet-Friendly Apartments For Rent in Berkeley, CA, to learn more about local dog parks, our pet policy, and the benefits of having pets!

Skip the Crowds

If you’re heading to a Fourth of July celebration outside your Allston + Stadium apartment, consider leaving your pet at home with a trusted friend or pet sitter in a calm environment. A quiet staycation might be the best option for your furry friend. During firework shows, keep them indoors with a leash and harness handy in case you absolutely need to go outside.

Vet Help for Extra Anxiety

If your pet experiences severe anxiety during loud noises, consult your local veterinarian. They may recommend anti-anxiety medication or calming supplements to help manage your pet’s stress.

Key Reminders:

  • Stay Calm, They’ll Feel It: Your calm demeanor can reassure your pet. Avoid coddling or overreacting to their anxiety, as this can unintentionally reinforce their fear.
  • Shower Them with Love: Throughout the festivities, shower your pet with affection and soothing words to let them know they’re safe with you.

Celebrating Independence Day in the San Francisco Bay Area

Unlike many other areas, fireworks are illegal throughout Berkeley city limits as they pose a high risk of starting fires and causing injuries. This applies to all fireworks, including those marketed as “safe and sane” in neighboring communities.

While you can’t enjoy fireworks within Berkeley, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the Fourth of July nearby! The Patch article, July 4th Fireworks 2024 In San Francisco Bay Area, provides a comprehensive list of all events in the area, so be sure to give it a read!

Allston + Stadium: Your Pet-Friendly Haven

At Allston + Stadium, we understand the importance of creating a comfortable and secure environment for your furry friend. Our pet-friendly apartments offer the perfect place for your pet to relax and feel at home. 

Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about how Allston + Stadium can be your perfect home!

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