Some shelters say their busiest day of the year is July 5th because more dogs are lost July 4th than any other day of the year.
5 Safety Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe on the 4th of July
1. Pet ID. Make sure your pet has up-to-date identification in case he/she runs away when scared by noisy fireworks. A Pet ID can help your pet be returned to you safely.
2. Avoid Fireworks. Don’t take your pet to events that involve fireworks. Your pet is better off being left home if you are going to partake in firework festivities.
3. Crate Your Dog. If you regularly crate your dog, he/she may find the crate a place of comfort during fireworks. Make sure his favorite toy is available for further distraction.
4. Don’t Leave Pets Outside. Keep pets inside as much as possible during fireworks displays. The insulation of your home will help drown out the noise and make your dog feel more secure.
5. Don’t Scold a Scared Pet. This will scare and confuse a dog and reinforce fearful behaviors.
Remember Independence Day is a fun celebration for us, but it’s the worst day for some cats and dogs. The noises from the fireworks and firecrackers terrify them and increase their anxiety. Make sure they are well-protected and feel safe so they can be with your family and happy and healthy for many years.