July 4th Pet Safety
July 4th Fireworks are no blast for pets
Unlike humans, our pets do not enjoy the fireworks festivities as much as we do. Pets often become frightened and frantic by the noise and commotion of Independence Day. In fact, IVHS responded to over 200 calls on July 4th last year! To help ensure that your dog does not become a "July 4th" dog, you can protect your pet by taking these precautions:
- Resist the urge to take your pet to fireworks displays.
- Do not leave your pet in the car. With only hot air to breathe inside a car, your pet can suffer serious health effects-even death-in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air, but they do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen.
- Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you've removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep him company while you're attending Fourth of July picnics, parades, and other celebrations.
- If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays.
- Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn't leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.
- Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags and/or are microchipped so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners. For a list of our service areas.
With a little preparation and planning ahead, you and your four-legged family members can enjoy the holiday stress-free. Happy Fourth of July to you and your pets!