This week we celebrate America’s independence. But while the Fourth of July fireworks are a blast for humans, they aren’t so fun for our pets. The loud noises and flashes of light are terrifying for dogs and cats, and many react by running away from what is scaring them. The problem is, they don’t always find their way back again.
Animal Control Services across the nation see a 30% increase in lost pets during the week of July 4th. Here in Utah, we see a similar increase the week of July 24th, when many of our cities celebrate Pioneer Day with fireworks displays. Of those lost during over the holiday, and average of only 14% are successfully reunited with their family.
Don’t lose your pet! Here are some tips:
- Keep your dogs and cats inside. If you are hosting a barbecue or other holiday gathering, be sure everyone knows to keep watch and don’t let the furry family members outside.
- Don’t leave your pets alone. Keep an eye on them, talk to them in a calming voice and toss them an occasional treat to help relieve the stress.
- If fireworks are set off close by, try to drown out the noise. Turn on the TV or the radio so the loud booms aren’t as startling.
- Act normal around them during the fireworks. If you act nervous or scared, so will they.
- Have your pet microchipped. That way, if the worst happens and your pet is lost, they can be returned to you safely.
Fireworks aren’t the only danger on Independence Day. The ASPCA Poison Control Center lists other possible hazards – everything from barbecue foods and beer to glow sticks and sparklers. Check out their Web site for a full list of things to look for.
And stay safe!