In years past, NAFA has experienced record numbers of runaway and lost pets. Most have been frightened and made frantic by fireworks. But by being aware and thinking ahead, we can keep our pets as safe and comfortable as possible during Fourth of July celebrations.
The following tips will help pet owners to prepare for Independence Day:
If you are going to a fireworks display, leave your pet at home where he will be safest and most comfortable.
Don't leave pets outside. If you cannot bring them inside, cover their outdoor crate or kennel with a blanket to offer them some protection from the bursts of bright lights and loud bangs. A pet’s sense of hearing is acute—over 10 times more sensitive than humans'.
Never leave your pet in the car. A partially opened window does not supply sufficient fresh air for him to breathe, and it creates an opportunity for your pet to be stolen.
Keep your pet away from the front and back doors. Your pet may be under significant stress, which could result in unnecessary injury to others or cause him to dart out the door and become lost.
Create a special area or "den" in your home where your pet feels safe. A properly introduced crate or kennel can be a calming refuge for him.
Some pets become destructive when frightened. If you don't use a crate, be sure to remove items from the room that the pet could destroy or could hurt him if he chewed them.
Keep windows and curtains closed to reduce noise and bright flashes.
Turn on a TV or radio to a talk station at normal volume to distract your pet from loud noises and help him to relax.
If possible, stay with your pet during the majority of the fireworks. A pet often reacts more intensely to loud sounds and flashes of lights when you are not with him.
Always keep proper identification securely fastened to your dog's collar in case he gets out. NAFA offers a free “Reward” Tag system to all dogs in Northeast Arkansas . Consider talking to your veterinarian about implanting a universal microchip in your pet, and make sure that your veterinary hospital and NAFA have your correct contact information in their database.
Independence Day is a time for fun and celebration, by taking these precautions, you and your pets can have a safe and happy holiday experience.
Wishing you a holiday filled with Waggin' Tails not Worried Pups,