Fireworks are a high point for any Independence Day celebration; however pets can become distressed by the additional noise and commotion. In fact, animal shelters across the nation are accustomed to receiving “July 4th” dogs — dogs who run off during the fireworks celebration and are rescued by animal control officers or good Samaritans.
Planning ahead and taking these basic precautions can prevent pet problems on Independence Day:
Leave pets at home: There are many Family and group activities that are perfect for pets, but a public fireworks display or a picnic, cookout or any other type of gathering where fireworks will be set off is not one of them — resist the urge to take your pets to such an event.
Don’t leave a pet in the car: With only hot air to breathe inside a car, pets can suffer serious health effects — even death — in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air, but they do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen.
Give pets shelter: Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure to remove any items that a pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep them accompanied while the Family attends Fourth of July picnics, parades and other celebrations.
Keep it quiet: If a pet is seriously distressed by loud noises such as thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety it will experience during fireworks displays.
Pay attention: Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets which normally would not leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.
Tag Pets: Make sure pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. Animals found are usually taken to the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.
“Pets are family members, and it’s understandable that we want to include them in our holiday plans,” said Jeff Ingerson, animal control officer. “However, most pets will be more comfortable staying at home. Spare your furry friends the stress of fireworks, crowds and fanfare on the Fourth of July.”
For more information or questions, call the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center, 520.452.7500.