The 4th of July is a great holiday where people get together to celebrate our nations independence. Although this is a day where much fun is had by all, we ask that pet owners take extra precautions to protect their pet from the festivity fun. The Humane Society of the United States offers these simple safety tips that will help keep your furry kids safe and happy this holiday weekend.
Keep all pets safely confined indoors on the 4th as well as a few days before and after the holiday, when people may be inclined to set off fireworks.
There are many family and group activities that are perfect for pets, but a public fireworks display or any other type of gathering where fireworks will be set off usually isn’t one of them as fireworks tend to frighten many pets.
It’s best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to lessen scary noises. Pets usually kept outdoors should be brought inside as an extra measure of safety. If your dog is crate trained, their crate is the perfect place to keep them feeling safe and cozy. If you must take your pet with you to an Independence Day event, keep them leashed and under your direct control at all times.
Ensure your pet is wearing a collar and identification tag with current contact information.
All pets, even those kept indoors full-time, should wear collars with identification tags at all times. Indoor-only animals can become so frightened during fireworks displays that they take desperate measures to escape the noise, such as breaking through window or door screens. As an extra precaution, it’s a good idea to have your pet microchipped, with your current contact information registered with the chip company. If your pet does become lost, contact your local animal control and surrounding shelters immediately. If you find a lost pet, either take her to the address on the tag or bring her to the local animal shelter so she can be reunited with her family.
Consult your veterinarian if your pet is distressed by loud noises such as fireworks displays
Your veterinarian may be able to recommend medications and techniques to help alleviate your pet’s fear and anxiety. The Humane Society of the United States also offers tips for helping your dog cope with loud noises like thunder and fireworks.
Never leave your pet in a parked car
Fireworks aren't the only possible threat for pets on the 4th of July. On a warm July day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise to dangerous levels within minutes. On an 85 degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car even with the windows cracked open can reach 102 degrees within just 10 minutes; after 30 minutes the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Protect your pet by taking him with you when you leave the car, or leaving him at home if he cannot join your activities.
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