June 25, 2013
The upcoming Fourth of July celebration means fireworks and festive gatherings, however fireworks and pets can make a dangerous combination. Animal Humane Society reminds pet owners to keep animals safe and comfortable while people enjoy the festivities.
“Many pets are frightened by the loud noises associated with the 4th of July. Animals do not enjoy fireworks like people, it is stressful for them. The safest place for all pets during these celebrations is at home and inside,” says Cindy Johnson, director of customer service.
Johnson adds that it’s important to remember it’s not just the big displays that cause stress for animals. “People light fireworks all summer, especially the weeks before and after the 4th. It may just be the neighborhood kids lighting off fire crackers – but even that level can be dangerous and scary for pets.”
The following are a few basic guidelines to consider during summer celebrations:
- 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 your companion animal in a safe, indoor place. Some can become destructive when frightened. Remove any items your pet can destroy or that may be harmful to them if chewed on. Leave 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 such as thunder, consult with your veterinarian before the holiday to help alleviate any fear or anxiety.
- Never leave pets outside and 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 collar and ID tag are the best ways to secure your pet’s return in the event it runs away or becomes lost.
Animal Humane Society offers a free public service to help reunite people with their lost pets. To post a lost or found pet on Animal Humane Society's Lost & Found Online Bulletin Board visit /lost/lost-and-found-pets.