The Fourth of July and the days leading up to the Fourth can be a dangerous and frightening time for pets. In addition to the risks of injuries and burns, many pets are fearful of the excitement and noise created by fireworks. They may act irrationally and panic, going to great lengths to escape their normal enclosures, jump fences or chew through their leashes. When in distress, pets can run incredibly long distances and may lose their sense of direction and end up far from home.
More lost pets end up in animal shelters around the Fourth of July than any other time of the year. Pet owners need to be careful and thoughtful with their pets during this time, and make sure their animals are kept safe, wearing secure collars with current license and identification tags and, in the unfortunate event that they do escape and get lost, are micro-chipped.
- Do not let your pet outside during fireworks. There have been many tragic cases of dogs grabbing or running after fireworks and having them explode. Even sparklers burn at very high temperatures and can inflict serious burns on dogs and cats.
- Keep your pets indoors in a secure area with the windows and curtains closed. Keep a radio on to distract them from the loud fireworks.
- If you are leaving town for the holiday, board your pet or leave it with a friend or family member.
- If your pet has anxiety issues consult with your veterinarian about giving your pet a mild sedative to keep calm on July 4th.
What to Do if Your Pet is Lost
- Post signs throughout your neighborhood with a photo and description of the animal and your phone number. Offer a reward for return.
- Place ‘Lost Pet’ ads on craigslist and in local newspapers.
- Call the Lost Pet Hotline of your local Animal Control every day to see if your pet is in the shelter.
- Check regularly with other animal shelters throughout the community in case your lost pet was found in another area.
We hope these tips help you have a PURR-fect & PET-riotic HOWL-iday!