Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Keep Your Pets Safe on the 4th of July

Did you know animal shelters take in more animals around the 4th of July than any other time of year?
Animals have more sensitive hearing than humans and loud noises like fireworks can frighten many pets.   Some animals try to hide, some stay near their owners, while others behave erratically or run off and get separated from their owners.
Do not leave pets alone outdoors, even in fenced areas, when fireworks are a possibility. Even a few distant fireworks are enough to frighten many animals.With the 4th of July falling on a Thursday, there are firework displays scheduled throughout the weekend.  But following these tips can help keep your pet safe during all the holiday celebrations.
  • Don’t take pets to events with fireworks displays.
  • If your pet is crate trained, their crate may be the safest, and most comforting, place for them.
  • Make sure doors windows are closed. Turn on a fan, radio, or television to drown out the noise.
  • Do not scold your pet for exhibiting erratic or fearful behavior, this only confuses them. Instead try and distract them by playing ball or keeping some of their favorite toys nearby.
  • Have a recent photo of your pet. In the event you do get separated a recent photo can help you get reunited.
  • Of course pets should always have a well fitting collar and correct ID tags.

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