Many of us love fireworks but our four-legged companions are not among them!
More pets go missing on July 4th than any other time! There is also an increase in deaths.
All of the noises from the fireworks can not only be very scary for them, it can also hurt their ears! No matter how much you think your furry friend enjoys fireworks, they really probably don’t.
Whether you are going to a professional show or doing your own thing at home in the road, leave your pets secured inside!
Here’s how to keep pets safe on the 4th of July:
- If your pet is scared of the fireworks, ask your veterinarian for help. They can teach you calming methods or prescribe medications to help keep your pet from hurting you or themselves or destroying property.
- Fix any holes or gaps in fences and other maintenance like broken gate latches.
- Make sure your pet is microchipped and that the information is up-to-date. This way, if your pet does escape, you are more likely to be reunited!
- Make sure that they are wearing their collar and ID – yes, even though they should be indoors. Fireworks are scary and disorienting, in their fear or confusion, they might bolt when someone opens a door – like a little one coming in to find their juice cup.
- If you are going to be doing your own show, keep the fireworks, matches, and other lighting devices out of the reach of your pets. Many of them contain toxic substances to pets on top of the dangers related to their explosive nature.
- Do not give your pets or put on them glow sticks or place glow jewelry. The liquid inside is toxic to pets and the plastic bits can cause internal blockages if swallowed.
- Make sure
- Bring even outdoor pets in for the night. Dogs and cats should not be left outside. They should be somewhere, quiet, sheltered, and escape-proof. NEVER leave your pets in the car so that you can enjoy the show. It is too hot! They can die from the heat, even with the windows cracked, parked in the shade, or for less than an hour!
- Secure all doors, windows, and outside gates.
- Never light fireworks near animals – curious animals can be end up with severe burns and trauma to their faces and paws.
We hope everyone, including our furry friends, have a happy and safe 4th of July!