- Category: Pet News
- Created: Monday, 29 June 2015 16:54
While we pet owners love the 4th of July and usually partake in the festivities, it can be a very scary time for pets. It is fair to say that most dogs and cats are afraid of the fireworks and/or just even the loud sounds that they might hear outside. And if you decide to take your dog with you to an outdoor event, you need to keep an eye on your dogs at all times. The 4th of July is also a time when a lot of pets try to escape and/or get lost so it is important for pet owners to remember their responsibilities.
Below are some safety reminders for you and your pets for the 4th of July holiday:
- Make sure all pets, even indoor cats, are wearing a collar with an identification tag that includes your name and telephone number. A microchip is also a good idea. Terrified animals may end up miles from home or deep under a neighbor’s porch. This simple precaution will save a lot of anguish, time, and energy if your cat or dog gets out of the house.
- Walk your dogs in the early evening, right before fireworks begin to prevent stress from noises and to tire them out so they can sleep the night away. The calmer and more tired they are during the night will help minimize their stress.
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- During neighborhood firework displays, keep all cats and dogs safely inside. Dogs and cats who are scared of noises should be put into a bathroom or other room with a secure door no windows. A screen door will not keep a nervous dog inside. It is better not take a dog to watch a large commercial firework display as it only increases the chances of him or her becoming lost in an unfamiliar area.
- It is safer to keep your pets at home during Fourth of July celebrations instead of bringing him to your neighbor's party. Keep your pets inside your home and not in your yard. Your pets will be a lot happier indoors, and not tempted to leap over a fence to find you.
- Dogs can be startled by the loud noise of fireworks. Once the festivities begin, keep your dog or cat in a safe room where he can feel comfortable. If your dog is crate trained put your dog in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure. Make sure all your pets shave a go-to spot where they can feel secure aka their safe haven.
- Try to block the outside sights and sounds by lowering the blinds and turning on the television. Play soothing music in the background to counteract the noise of the fireworks. Put the air conditioning or fan on to help drown out the noise.
- If your dog or cat seems overly anxious, spend some time with your beloved, speaking soothingly to help your dog or cat to relax. There are also some natural calming solutions on the market that you can give to your pet (but no sedatives)!
- Make sure to keep all the sparklers, candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets and you will need to take your pet to the vet immediately.
- Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals. Another reason to keep your pets inside.
As much as you want to be with your pet(s) on the fourth of July, remember crowded fireworks displays are no fun for cats or dogs, so it’s best not to take them along to your 4th of July festivities. Keep your beloved cats and dogs safe at home in a quiet, sheltered area where your cat or dog can’t escape. They will be fine if you just make sure they have a safe place to reside during the short-lived firework celebration and a place to hide where they feel comfortable.
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