Thursday, July 1, 2010

Pet Safety during July 4 Celebrations

Please consider your pets' safety during Fourth of July revelry. Pets should be left at home during fireworks displays, but even animals that are left indoors can be frightened terribly by the hiss, boom and pop.

If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety.

Animals left outside can escape a fenced yard and become lost in the terror of the moment.

Animal shelters across the country are accustomed to an annual increase in lost dogs and cats because of fireworks season, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

If the sound of fireworks is inevitable, leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep (pets) company while you're attending Fourth of July picnics, parades, and other celebrations. Or better yet, have someone stay with your pets while you are enjoying the outside activities.

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