For most Americans, the Fourth of July holiday is a time for fun, family and celebration. For our canine and feline friends, however, the holiday can be a nightmare. As you make your plans to celebrate our nation's independence, please keep your pets in mind and follow some of these helpful tips to make sure that your cat or dog is safe and comfortable.
The booms and crashes of a big fireworks display may be fun for us, but for animals with sensitive ears, the noise can be too much. The loud noises may also frighten animals, causing them to run away. In fact, statistics show that 30% more pets get lost between July 4 and July 6 than any other time of year.
Experts suggest keeping cats and dogs securely inside the home, shutting all windows and providing them with a quiet, comfortable place to rest. If your pet is especially scared of loud noises, you can turn on "white noise" sources such as the radio, a fan or dishwashing machine.
If you are expecting guests, consider setting aside a room just for your animal with food, water and a comfortable place to rest. Crowds can overwhelm your pet, and giving them a quiet space to retreat to will go a long way in helping them feel safe and relaxed. And if you are heading out to a community fireworks display, it is best to leave your dog at home as the activity and loud noises may overwhelm or frighten them.
For the "just in case" scenario, in the event that your animal does escape the house, make sure that they are wearing a collar with identification tags, and that all contact information is up-to-date. Also ensure that your pet's microchip information is current.
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Happy Fourth of July from all of us at PAWS!