Keeping Your Pet Safe and Calm Over the Fourth of July Weekend
MORE HOUSEHOLD PETS ARE REPORTED MISSING AFTER THE FOURTH OF JULY THAN ANY OTHER TIME OF THE YEAR
The Fourth of July weekend can cause anxiety for your household pets. They’re more sensitive to loud noises like fireworks.
According to pet amber alert, animal control agents report a 30-60% increase in lost pets around the fourth of July holiday.
“They do tend to get fearful and jump fences, or dig under. They’re stressed and have high anxiety so they tend to run away,” says Paws Humane Director of Adoptions and Admissions, Courtney Pierce. “We also do not recommend taking them to any firework shows, they slip their collar and get away from their owners that way.”
Keeping them safe and reducing their anxiety starts with keeping them indoors.
“First of all, we want to keep all the pets inside,” says Pierce. “It’s a good idea to drown out the sound. White noise, keeping the TV on, a radio, something that doesn’t make the fireworks seem quite so loud.
It helps if they don’t see the flashing lights outside.
“Shutting your blinds or curtains so they don’t see the flashes of lights is a good idea,” said Pierce.
If needed, there are medications to help reduce your furry friends anxiety.
“It’s a good idea ahead of time to talk to your veterinarian. If you know your dog has high anxiety there are medications available,” says Pierce.
The Humane Society also encourages owners to microchip their pet, so they can be united with them quickly after being found if they go missing.