It happens year after year…neighborhood kids throw firecrackers on your street or the town enjoys the beauty and excitement of a patriotic fireworks display. Whether the neighborhood teens are throwing firecrackers on your street… or your entire community is enjoying “the exuberant splendor” of a big fireworks display, your pet can flip out and run away in an effort to find a shelter from the storm.
More pets go missing around the 4th of July than any other time of year, and noisy fireworks are the reason why.
According to national statistics, animal control officials across the country see a 30-60% increase in lost pets each year between July 4th and 6th. In fact, July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters. Sadly, only 14% of lost pets are returned to their owners. And worse, 30-60% of lost pets are euthanized because they cannot be properly identified and returned to their owners.
Here are 4 simple tips on how to keep pets safe… plus a bonus tip on how pet owners can have a better chance of finding a lost pet.
1) Stay inside: Try to keep your pet indoors at all times during holiday celebrations. Ideally, someone stays home with Fido and Fluffy. Always, always keep your dog leashed when going out for walks.
2) Make them feel safe: Comfort your pets with pampering, hugging, soothing conversations, a treat and staying nearby, if possible. Make sure they can access their crate or “safe place.” Also ask your veterinarian or local pet retailer about natural calming products, anxiety wraps and other products that can help.
3) Avoid the noise. Try to drown out the fireworks sounds as much as possible by closing windows, playing music or turning on the TV.
4) Act normal! Your pet takes its cues from you and your family’s actions. It will help if you go about your normal routine as much as possible, talking and playing in the usual way.
5) Protect your pet before the fireworks begin. There are a number of lost-pet devices and services available today, and it’s wise to be proactive in case your pet gets lost.
By following these tips, hopefully fewer families will face the heartbreak of losing a pet during the July 4th holiday.