Dogs and cats hate fireworks, but if you own pets you already know that. July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters nationwide as panicked pets flee from fireworks on July 4th and are displaced as a result.
Keep your pets safe and at home this Independence Day with these five helpful hints:
- Don't bring your dog to fireworks displays. Unless you know for sure that your dog is not afraid of crowds and explosions, keep your dog at home.
- Put I.D. tags on all your animals (dogs AND cats)! A collar I.D. tag is the quickest way to reunite with your lost dog or cat. If your pet has a microchip, make sure it has up-to-date contact information.
- Keep all companion animals indoors to avoid accidental injuries and reduce the risk of losing your pet. Dogs on tethers or in backyards may try to escape, and cats can get disoriented by the scary noises and run away to seek a safe hiding place.
- Provide a “safety spot” in the house, preferably with no direct outdoor access. Offer material comforts, such as beds, favorite toys, chew or cat nip toys.
- Reduce scary sights and sounds by turning up a radio or television and shut all windows and doors to help drown-out loud bangs. Close curtains and blinds to block out the flashing lights.
Following these tips will reduce the risk that your pet will get lost and end up in a shelter on July 5th.
Wildlife may also be extremely frightened by loud noises and bright flashes. Keep them in mind this holiday weekend and use fireworks with discretion. If you find an injured or orphaned wild animal, contact PAWS at 425.787.2500 x817.
You may wish to share this information with any pet owners you know so that they too can keep their animals safe. Also, please take the time to help a lost animal if you find one.
We at PAWS wish you and your family (furry and otherwise) a safe and happy Fourth of July!