A reminder to keep your family pets safe on the 4th of July. It’s no surprise that animal shelters are on overload every year on Independence Day as scared pets try to escape the noise.
4th of July celebrations and fireworks can fill the air with loud noises, pops, and bangs. Although some animals aren’t bothered by it, most are afraid and will run in fear, becoming disoriented while trying to get away from the noise. Outdoor dogs have been known to jump high fences or dig holes to get out, while indoor dogs have been known to jump through windows.
Whether staying home or going out for the evening, secure your pet indoors in a quiet area that’s familiar and safe, and with plenty of fresh water. Include chew toys to help them relax.
Unsupervised dogs should not be tied up. Dogs who are crate trained may feel safer in their crate.
Cats will do best in a bathroom or laundry room with food and water and a litter box.
It may help to turn on loud music or television to help drown out any outdoor noise.
Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and ID tag or, better yet, have them microchipped.
Cats should wear a break-away or safety collar.
And never, ever use fireworks around pets.
Help make it a safe and happy 4th of July for you and your pets!
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Monday, July 2, 2012
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