Prep your Pet for July 4 Festivities!

July 4 is the most joyous occasion in the United States of America. It is a day that has been marked in history to commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the United States in the year, 1776. The Continental Congress announced that 13 American colonies were no longer under the British rule. They freed and declared as independent states.

Celebrations are in full swing! For some, it is the most awaited day of the summer, but for others, it could be their worst nightmare!

The Animal Care and Control Units have put out an important public service announcement to prep all pet parents to safeguard their furry family members from escaping on July 4. The flip side of the festivities is that most pet parents get separated from their pets on this day. The loud noises and fireworks can hamper your pet’s mental health. Experts suggest that it could not only startle them but also spark a sense of anxiety and fear resulting them to fled.

Last year The Animal Foundation reported that they recovered a total of 190 animals that went missing on July 4. According to the data, it translates to approximately a 30% increase compared to previous years. 

Here are some guidelines outlined by The Animal Care and Control office to ensure pet safety this 4th of July: 

  • Keep pets inside your home or inside an air-conditioned building as much as possible when fireworks are being used in your area.
  • Secure gates and supervise your animals while outside.
  • Keep current identification on your pet’s collar.
  • Ensure your pets are microchipped and all the information is current.
  • Give pets a safe place to hide (a bedroom or other quiet space) turn on a television, radio, fan or other ambient noise to drown out the sound of fireworks.
  • You can also talk to your veterinarian about medications that can help keep your pet calm during fireworks.
  • Pets should not be taken to any parade or celebration where fireworks or sirens occur. Loud noises increase the chance of your pet fleeing and becoming lost in an unfamiliar area.
  • Never take your pet in the car with you. Even on a 70-degree day, the inside of a car can reach temperatures of 120 degrees or more in a matter of minutes. Partially opened windows don’t provide sufficient air, but do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen, experience a seizure or even death.
  • While fireworks have the potential to cause serious toxicity for pets, common concerns with exposure to fireworks include gastrointestinal upset, corrosive injury, dermal burns and possible foreign body obstruction.
  • Keep pool chemicals and products away from your pets while celebrating at pools as these can cause serious toxic exposure when pets come into direct contact with them.
  • Keep pets away from picnic foods to avoid toxic exposure

Netra Venkateshwaran

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