Fourth of July Pet Precautions

July 3, 2011 at 7:01 am Leave a comment

Soon the fireworks will be flying and many pets will have scared
reactions to them.

Below are some great tips about helping your dog get through a
calm Fourth of July.

1. Don’t bring your
pet to a fireworks display.
The “boom” of the fireworks sounds
loud to the human ear. Imagine how loud it sounds to your dog, who can hear
sounds up to 60,000 cycles per second — that’s three times greater than the
human ear can even register.

2. Keep a collar and ID tag on your pet at all times. Make sure the tag
contains legible and up-to-date information. To lessen the chance that a dog
slips his collar, be sure you can put no more than two fingers between the
collar and the pet’s neck.

Cats should wear breakaway collars, and as a backup it’s advised that they
receive a microchip ID implant from a veterinarian. Indoor/outdoor cats are
recommended to be brought indoors on the 3rd and to remain inside till the 5th.
This is because fireworks are legal to buy in many areas and often individuals
set them off on more than one evening during the holiday week.

Two forms of ID are always best when it comes to protecting your pet. If an
individual finds your pet, the first thing he or she will look for is an ID
tag. If your pet is taken to a shelter, it will be scanned for an ID chip upon
admittance.

3. Keep your pet indoors in a cool, quiet room. The windows should be
closed and the shades or curtains pulled. Often the sound of soft music or the
low rumble of a television will help to calm your pet. Remember to leave a
light on for your pet too. These things will help the animal feel safe and
secure.

4. Don’t leave your
pet outside in the yard on a leash or a chain.
Many animals get tangled up
in their attempts to flee and end up injuring themselves. And dogs often escape
their yard and get lost..

5. If you find an animal that is lost, take it to your local animal shelter
right away.
The quicker you do this, the sooner the frantic owner will be
reunited with his or her beloved pet.

 

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