This week we will celebrate our nation’s birthday with picnics, friends and in many cases, fireworks. While we humans enjoy the noise and lights from firework displays, most of our animal friends do not. According to Home Again Pet Rescuers, more pets are lost on July 4th than any other time of year. There are things you can do to help ensure your pet’s safety though.
- Leave your pet at home. Your dog may be happier at home where it won’t be startled by someone setting off firecrackers or other types of fireworks unexpectedly.
- If there is noise near your home, set up a quiet room for your pet. Close windows and blinds and have a radio or television playing to help mask outside noise.
- If you are having a cookout, be careful that you or your guests do not give your pet scraps. Cooked bones and other foods can be a health risk for your pet or at the least give them an upset stomach and you a mess on the carpet to clean up later.
- We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, if you are going somewhere, don’t leave your pet in your car thinking she’ll be happier there. This time of year temperatures can reach lethal levels in a vehicle in only minutes. Leaving the windows cracked open will not help either.
- If you are going to be gone and worried about leaving your pet at home, consider boarding them overnight. That way you can enjoy the holiday and know that your pet is somewhere safe.
- Make sure your pet has a collar with identification. It’s also a good idea to have your pet microchipped, even if it does wear a collar.
We hope you and your pet both have a happy and safe Fourth of July!