HOW TO KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE DURING THE 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND
Leave your pets SAFELY at home during noisy celebrations! Every year thousands of pets are lost or killed during the July 4th holidays. Others end up at high-kill shelters and cause animals already there to be put to sleep to make room. Please prevent this unnecessary tragedy.
The American Humane Association reports that July 5 is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters.
Excerpts: An extreme fear of a sound can cause our pets to act aggressively during a fearful event, such as ongoing fireworks. Pets can injure and even kill themselves while trying to escape, or looking for a place to hide.
Signs to be aware of: hiding, trembling or shaking, sudden urination or defecation, pacing, chewing, digging, barking or howling, and an abnormal clinging behavior around the pet’s owner.
If your pet is left home on the 4th of July, reduce the noise level in your home by running a fan, playing the radio, or closing the windows and the doors to help block out any bothersome noise.
Pet owners can also create a safe haven where their pet can retreat to when it feels threatened. Some animals find refuge in small spaces, such as a closet or their crate. Consider putting their favorite blanket and toys in these areas to create a sense of familiarity and security.Be safe! Always have fresh water for your pets. Never leave them in a hot car, even if it feels "cool outside"! With only hot air to breathe inside a car, your pet can suffer serious health effects, even death, in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air, but do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen.
Always have ID on your pets, even if they are inside your home. You never know when something could happen and they get out. Make sure your pets are all microchipped.