Animals do not like loud noises, and need to be heavily distanced from them, or kept away from them altogether to ensure their overall safety and peace of mind for you, their owner. The following are tips are from The Humane Society of the United States:
- Keep pets indoors and in safe areas– Leave them in a safe area with a TV or radio on so that it will lessen the loud noises. If you have a pet that stays outside, bring them in. When they hear loud noises and booms, they are known to break free and run, and they will not stop; they’ll continue to run.
- Never leave your pet in a parked car– With hot temperatures, those same temps rise to lethal degrees when your pet is locked in a car. Even with the windows cracked open, the temps still skyrocket. For example, on an 85-degree day, a parked car will reach 102 degrees in less than 10 minutes! That’s fast! Take your pet with you when you leave your car or don’t take him or her with you if they cannot join in your activities.
- Consult your vet if your pet is distressed by loud noises, such as fireworks– Your vet can recommend medications and techniques that can improve your pet’s fear and anxiety of loud noises.
- Always have your pet wear a collar and identification tag– Keep your pet’s contact identification tag current so that you can be reunited quickly if your pet escapes. All pets, even pets that are kept indoors, should always have a collar and identification tag. If your pet does become lost, contact your local animal shelters immediately and other local shelters within the area. If you happen to find a lost pet, take him or her to the address on their tag or to the local animal shelter to be reunited with their family as soon as possible.
Have a happy, fun and safe 4th of July, and remember why we celebrate our Freedom today and every day!