With Independence Day just around the corner, pet owners are reminded that while the celebrations are fun and festive for us, they can be rough and frightful for pets. Following are some tips from the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA) for keeping your pets safe during Fourth of July celebrations.

  • Make them comfortable – Many cats and dogs are easily frightened by noisy fireworks. The best option is to leave them indoors (not leashed in the yard) during the entire holiday weekend. Place them in a safe, secure, escape-proof room with a comfy bed, food and water. Also consider leaving a TV or radio on to drown out the noise of the fireworks and to provide familiar sounds while you’re out.
  • Never leave animals tethered or chained outside – Pets can injure or hang themselves if they jump around or leap over a fence while trying to run from the noises. Cats should stay indoors.
  • Confirm your pet’s collar and I.D. information – Pets frightened by loud celebrations on the 4th of July often run away. Make sure your pet is wearing a properly fitted collar with correct identification and tags. Micro-chipping is the best way to help ensure your lost pet is returned home safely and promptly. 
  • Be careful with decorations – Your pet may easily mistake your red, white and blue decorations and glow sticks as chew toys. Cats can even become tangled in streamers and ribbon. Make sure to pet-proof your home and keep fun decorations out of paw’s reach.
  • Call your vet – If you think your pet needs to be sedated or tranquilized to handle the fireworks noise and celebrations, contact your veterinarian.
  • Watch the alcohol – Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets so never leave your beverage unattended.
  • No picnic table and grill scraps – Human food (bones, onions, avocado, grapes and raisins) should always be off limits to your dog as they may be toxic or dangerous. Always be aware of what friends and family are sneaking to your dog under the table.
  • Never leave pets in unattended parked car – Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient airflow to keep your car cool enough for a pet. They also put your pet in jeopardy of being stolen.
  • Stay in the shade – Like humans, dogs and other pets can suffer from heatstroke. Keep your pets in shaded areas on hot, or even warm, days.
  • Stay hydrated – Dehydration is the number one concern and danger for your pet during those long summer heat waves. Make sure you have a generous amount of fresh water on hand to quench your dog’s thirst.

For more information about pet safety, contact SEAACA at 562.803.3301

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