The Humane Society of the United States offers some tips to help your pets enjoy Independence Day.
Take heed, their lives of your furry friends may depend on it July 4th.
“Many people enjoy the booming sounds and flashing lights of fireworks, but they can be terrifying and overwhelming for pets, and possibly hazardous,” the society says.
“On the Fourth of July, so many pets are frightened and try to escape the sights and sounds that animal shelters around the nation report a dramatic increase in lost pets during the holiday,” it adds.
Keep animals away from fireworks.
Pets don’t dig loud noises, flashing lights or strong smells. Leave your pets indoors. Leave the radio or TV turned on to distract them.
Ask a veterinarian for help of a particularly sensitive pet.
Experts may be able to suggest medications and techniques that might help calm your pet.
Make sure your pet has identification.
Even indoor pets should always wear collars with ID tags. Dogs and cats can become so terrified during fireworks, they may take “desperate measures to escape the noise, including breaking through window or door screens,” the humane society warns.
Another good idea: Have your pet microchipped.
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