For most Americans, the Fourth of July holiday is a time for fun, family and fireworks. But the holiday can be a nightmare for our four-legged friends. As you make your plans to celebrate Independence Day, please keep your pets in mind and follow these tips to ensure your cat or dog's safety this Fourth of July.
1. Fireworks may be fun for us, but the loud noises are stressful and scary for pets. In fact, more pets run away on July 4 than any other day of the year. Keep your dog or cat securely inside the home and provide 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, the TV or a fan.
2. If you're expecting guests, set aside a room just for your animal with food, water and a bed. 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.
3. If you're heading out to a community fireworks display, please resist the urge to bring your pup along to the festivities. Large crowds and loud noises can be scary and overwhelming.
4. Keep dangerous items, such as alcoholic beverages, fire crackers, citronella candles or insect coils, and lighter fluid out of your pet's reach.
5. 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!