Thursday, July 3, 2014

4th of July Pet Safety

This Friday, folks in the U.S. will be celebrating Independence Day.  And along with a nice three-day weekend, we get treated to the sights and sounds of tons of fireworks. But what's fun for humans can often be traumatic - sometimes tragic - for our pets.

Did you know more pets go missing on the Fourth of July than any other holiday?

Here are a few tips to help ensure your pets stay safe, healthy and happy this week:



DON'T:
Never take a pet to a fireworks display. Even the most even tempered animals can spook - and bolt! - at unfamiliar, loud noises.
And it's not as if we can explain to them what they're about to experience - all they would understand is that sudden, frightening loud noises are assaulting their tender ears!








DON'T:
And it's not okay to leave your pet in the car while attending a fireworks display, either. While the temperature outside is a comfortable 80 degrees, the temperature inside your car could reach as high as 120 - and this can prove fatal to your pet.




DO:
Provide a secure, comfortable, quiet place for your pet to rest while you're out.

You can encourage rest by participating in a fun, vigorous playtime before the fireworks begin. That way pup or kitty will have run off any nervous energy!






DO:
Consider turning on the TV, radio or even a fan for your pet. This creates "white noise" that may help minimize the sound of the fireworks.







DO:
And make sure your pet is identified, either by collar or microchip (or both!) so if they accidentally get away from you, their chances of recovery are greatly increased.





Mr. Fraidy Cat isn't fond of this holiday, so these tips sure help him!



      Wishing you all a fun and festive 4th of July!





11 comments:

  1. Even though fireworks here are far away, since we live in a fire hazard zone, and the dog is deaf so fireworks don't freak her out, my human is half tempted to stay home just in case somebody is stupid enough to set off fireworks in our neighborhood. She is paranoid like that, and I can't blame her.

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  2. There won't be any fireworks at our place on the 4th of July, thank goodness! :)

    Thanks for those tips! When there are fireworks around here, Mommy makes sure to close the windows to the catio and doors then turn up the TV to help minimize the loud booming.

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  3. Great info! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. There will be fire-boomers tonight, so we'll be UTB! Thanks for the good info!

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  5. Great tips! This will be Truffles' first 4th with me so I'll be interested to see how she handles it. I'll be home with her and the drone of the AC will probably drown out most of the noise :)

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  6. Really good tips, gang. Those fireworks can be scary for animals. We're going to turn up the TV and radio, and hide UTB!

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  7. or you could send them off to their Aunt Connie's house for some spoilin..

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  8. This is excellent information! We hope all kitties and woofies stay safe through this holiday.

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  9. All great tips. We will be staying inside watching tv a little louder than usual! Have a fun holiday!

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  10. VERY important tips!
    We are still so surprised at all the dogs we see at our local fireworks. It's really a recipe for disaster.

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