Keeping Your Pet Safe this 4th of July

It can be the worst weekend of the year for your pet – July 4th weekend.  Few of us are blessed to have pets who pay little attention to all of the booming, crackling and sizzling of fireworks.  Each year thousands of pets are separated from their owners after becoming so stressed from the noise of fireworks and subsequently run away from home.  Here are some recommendations to help you keep your pets safe and at home this 4th of July weekend.

1.  Don’t take your pet to the fireworks shows.  The large crowds, unfamiliar surroundings combined with the loud sounds of fireworks is simply too much for any pet.

2. Keep your pets indoors at home in a quiet room.  Some pets get so stressed they become out of control and destructive.  Remove any objects in a room that might harm your pet.  You can play soft music or turn on a television on to keep them company if you are not home.  Include their favorite toy or blanket for added comfort.

3.  Consider a babysitter for your pet if you are planning to be out enjoying the festivities.  Pets find comfort in having human companionship especially with someone they know and trust.  Being held and petted will help your pet deal with the stress.

4.  Never leave your pet outside unattended on the fourth even if you have a fence or a lead.  When animals become fearful and stressed-even those who would normally not jump a fence- can become unpredictable in their fear and try anything to get away.  Pets have choked themselves on leads and even hung themselves when they tried to jump a fence while attached to a lead.  Create a cool safe place for your pet in the home or garage area.

5.  Make sure your pet has the correct identification on their collar.  Now is a great time to make sure that your pets tags are current with your contact information.  Tags should include the pets name, your name and phone number.  If you can, also include the address.  Consider having your pet microchipped.  You can have this done for a small fee at Wayside Waifs and it is could mean being reunited with your pet sooner should your pet become lost.    

6.  If you are shooting off fireworks, take the proper precautions in making sure sparklers and other fireworks are completely cooled after burning.  Sparklers, for instance, can stay hot for hours after burning out and can not only burn your pets paws, but become lodged in between their feet.  Keep a bucket of water on a table to dump these types of fireworks in to prevent further burning. 

7.  Clean up the area where you have been shooting off fireworks.  Our pets are curious about debris and will go in close to smell anything.  These items are packed with poison even after they have been lit and sharp edges can cut their mouths, noses and pads of their feet.

8.  Finally, if your pet has a history of becoming seriously stressed by loud noises, like fireworks, consult with your veterinarian to see what options you may have to help with their stress.

Should you find a pet or your pet becomes separated from you, go to our website and file a lost/found pet report.  Make sure to include a photo, complete description of the pet and your contact information within the body of the posting. 

Written by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

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