Summer celebration safety tips

The Fourth of July means fireworks and festive gatherings, however, this can be a terrifying time of year for animals. The following are a few basic guidelines to keep your pets safe and comfortable while you enjoy the festivities:

  • Resist taking your pet to fireworks displays. Most animals don’t enjoy the noisy spectacles of the holiday and frightened animals can run off.
  • Don’t leave your pet in the car while you attend fireworks displays. In addition to the danger posed by pet thieves, cars can heat up to a deadly temperature in minutes even with windows partially opened.
  • Keep them in a safe, indoor place. Close windows and curtains. Some pets can become destructive when frightened. Remove any items your pet can destroy or that may be harmful to them if chewed on. Leave them with a KONG or similar toy to keep them occupied, and leave music or a fan on to buffer the loud noises outdoors.
  • Exercise your pet earlier in the day. This will lower levels of anxiety and stress.
  • Consult with your veterinarian before the holiday if you know your pet is distressed by loud noises such as thunder. They may be able to provide medication to help alleviate anxiety.
  • Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. Animals may panic, escape, and get lost, or get injured by becoming entangled in their chain.
  • Ensure your pets are wearing identification so they can be returned if they do get lost. A microchip along with a well-fitted collar and ID tag are the best ways to secure your pet’s return in the event they run away or become lost.

To report a lost or found pet, create a missing pet post on Petco Love Lost — a free, online tool that utilizes facial recognition technology to scan lost and found pet listings nationwide.

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