June 18, 2018
For many of us, summer means festive gatherings and spending quality outdoor time with our pets. However, some summer celebrations can cause unwanted stress for our furry friends. The Fourth of July can be especially stressful. In fact, more animals go missing on July 4 than any other day of the year when animals are startled by the booming sound of fireworks overhead.
Keep animals safe and comfortable this Fourth of July with the following tips from local Animal Humane Society experts:
- Resist the urge to bring your pets to fireworks displays. If overwhelmed by the noise, your pet could flee from your side and become lost. Frightened animals are also more likely to cower, hide, or nip.
- Never leave pets outside unattended during fireworks displays, even in a fenced yard or on a tie-out. Animals may panic and attempt to escape which could cause an injury.
- Ensure your pets are wearing identification so they can be returned if they do get lost. A collar and ID tag are the most effective ways to ensure your pet’s return in the event it runs away or becomes lost.
- Your best bet is to keep your furry friend safely indoors. We suggest leaving a radio or television on at normal volume to buffer the loud noises outdoors.
- If you know that your pet is distressed by loud noises, consult with your veterinarian before the holiday to discuss options that could help alleviate their fear or anxiety.
- The Fourth of July isn’t the only summer activity that can prove dangerous for pets. We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know to keep your pet safe and cool this summer.
Animal Humane Society offers a free service to help reunite people and pets. Visit our Lost & Found Online Bulletin Board.