The 4th of July is almost here! That may mean BBQs, Fireworks and good ol’ celebrations. Many of us also have pets! Keep in mind, even if you are not celebrating in a way that would upset your pets, someone else nearby may. Fireworks are legal in the city limits (so long as you shoot them at specific times), and are legal without time limit in Montgomery County (ex: Woodlawn). That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some outdoor fun, just keep in mind your pet may be better off at home.
July 5th is one of the busiest days for animal shelters and rescues. That is because many animals escape and/or run away during the loud and bright celebrations of the 4th. Our pets do not associate fireworks with celebration. They view them as loud and noisy, which makes them panic. Here are a few tips to help keep your furry friend safe this holiday:
- Keep your pets indoors at all times.
- Do Not keep them chained or outside during the 4th. Pets can harm themselves trying to flee the noise and lights.
- Do Not take your pets to a firework display (or any place else that may be loud, unfamiliar and/or crowded). Remember they are safest indoors and at home.
- Make sure your pet is properly identified (ex: their tags/microchips are up to date with your contact information). Have an up to date photo of your pet, just in case.
- Make sure all gates, windows and doors are latched/locked and secured (to help eliminate escaping).
- Keep blinds down/curtains drawn, have some background house noise to drown out firework noise (ex: music, TV). This will help your pet relax.
- Have a chew toy or pet treats available to keep them busy.
- Clean up any debris that may have ended up in an area that your pet will frequent. Many items can poison your pet if ingested.