WARNING This video may upset your pets if the sound is up.
For those of you in an area that celebrates July 4th with fireworks remember your pets on this day. It is the most traumatic day for pets across America. Animal centres are bombarded with calls from people with missing pets, and with petrified animals that have run away from home. Fireworks can be a terrifying ordeal for animals whose sense of hearing is many times more acute than ours.
The Golden Rules of Pets and Fireworks.
- Do NOT take your dog to a fireworks display. There are a number of ways in which they may get hurt. Worse still a frightened dog may hurt someone else – just DON’T go there.
- Cars are NOT a good place to leave your pet. They do not insulate the animal from the noise and an afraid animal trapped in a car will be destructive. Cars are never a good option for leaving pets, especially in the summer as they do not get enough air, and a partially open window is an open invitation for someone to steal your car, or worse, your pet.
Instead use these measures to help pacify your pet during fireworks.
- Turn on soft music.
- Pull blinds to block out bright flashes.
- Turn on lights also to help disguise the flashes.
- Make sure there is nothing harmful laying around for you pets to chew on.
If you know your dog or cat (or other pet) is likely to be petrified during this time consider taking them away to a more peaceful location for a few days. Or if this is not possible you might consider seeking your vets advice with regard to administering some tranquillizers.
Always make sure your pet is wearing their ID tags at this time in case they do escape. A terrified and confused animal may well get lost adding to its trauma. If you find a lost animal the best solution is to take it straight to an animal shelter. They will know how to handle it and will be able to reunite missing pets with their owners much faster.
Make this 4th of July celebration a happy one for you and your pets.