Saturday, July 4, 2015

4th of July and Pet Safety

This evening, 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.





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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!





20 comments:

  1. Happy Fourth of July!!

    Great tips...we are staying home, and meowmy is working...we hope the neighbors go to the big park to see fireworks instead of booming them in their own yard as they often do...shudder...

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  2. My human is staying home with me on the Fourth! And she usually insists on going somewhere.

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  3. Happy July 4th !
    That is good advice. We purr your celebrations are quiet and fun.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

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  4. Wonderful tips! We've had a neighbor setting off fireworks for days now and Truffles hasn't even flinched. My little girl's bravery amazes me!

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  5. Fireworks are banned here this year because it is so dry. I'm happy about that but not that it is so dry.

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  6. Very good advice! Hope you find a quiet way to celebrate!

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  7. Happy 4TH!
    We hope you have a great and safe holiday...without too many boomies!
    Annabelle,Boo,Ping, and Mr Jinx

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  8. Happy Independence Day, friends! We made it through the town fireworks last night --those radios, fans and TVs really do help. Stay safe, and let freedom ring!

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  9. Hmmm...I have indoor cats who don't seem to care about fireworks. I guess I won't have any luck with cat bro Bert going missing. So sad for those poor pets who are spooked!

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  10. Great tips! The TV one is one of my faves (when we are home), I try to crank it up. Cody isn't bothered by fireworks but Dakota barks his head off! Have a safe 4th all! (((hugs)))

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  11. Great advice ! Happy 4th of July ! Purrs

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  12. Stay safe and have a Happy 4th of July!

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  13. Happy Independence Day from a bunch of independent felines! Daddy jams tunes on the computer so we don't hear the boomies. We love it when he does this, we gather around and listen!! We especially like the Tijuana Brass...

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  14. Those are some great tips. It's been pretty quiet here all day...but the noise is beginning! Happy 4th of July1!

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  15. Happy Independence Day to all of yous from all of us and stay safe!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  16. Mom Paula is staying home with us during all of the fireworks today.

    Happy Independence Day from Truffle and Brulee. We hope you don't have to endure too many of those annoying firecrackers today.

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  17. Purr-fect safety tips! Happy 4th of July weekend!

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  18. Mommy held me till we went to bed.

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