Don't Make It A Big Bang For Your Pets This Fourth

The Humane Society posts updates each year as to ways to help your dogs and cats manage the holiday that comes fireworks . . . namely, July 4th. Here's some helpful tips to help guide you and your pet during this stressful and frightful time -- as the decimal level and the flash of explosives may cause them to run away, or potentially get lost in the flurry of the holiday celebrations.

Humane Society Tips

  • Avoid fireworks. Loud fireworks can frighten animals making them more likely to run away or hide. Fireworks can also cause burns and its toxic substances may be ingested by your pets.
  • Along with a microchip, make sure your pet has an ID collar that includes a phone number.
  • Watch what your pet is digesting. Holiday parties include alcohol, grapes, chocolate, onions, avocados and raisins -- and all are very toxic.
  • Do not apply bug repellent or sunscreen to your pet unless the directions specifically say it is pet-friendly.

Not just dogs and cats . . .

Wildlife rehabilitation centers have published a wide range of problems when celebrants start setting off fireworks. “We’ve had mallards stuck in a fence trying to run away from fireworks,” Suzanne West, director of the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Snohomish County north of Seattle, told KING News. “We got several Steller’s jays that had been displaced from their nest and abandoned by their parents. Other birds will hit things and fly into trees because they become disoriented. The amount of explosions and chaos and the smoke and everything, they’re not sure what’s going on. It’s a very scary situation especially for the babies.”

Avoidance all together . . .

Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society suggests that on this Fourth of July, it makes sense not to bring your pet along on holiday festivities, such as barbecues and other celebrations. For your pet, the safe alternative "is an evening on the bed at home, with the TV on . . . that’s a far superior option for most animals," notes Block.

Final Thoughts . . .

Mid-year is one of the best times to double check your pet’s ID tags and microchip information and update or replace them as needed. And then as the fourth of July and also the hurricane season approaches — to come up with a disaster preparedness plan for your family and pets.

Indeed, we can celebrate the Fourth of July with family and friends and with others in the community, while protecting our pets, and keeping a watchful eye out for nearby wildlife.

According to Block, "The random explosions and pyrotechnics and the fleeting pleasures we take from them are just not worth all the stress and fear they induce in our pets and wildlife."


Primary Source: Humane Society