The 4th of July is the day that many pets run away from home. Some of them end up in shelters... but others just get hurt. Don't let your cat or dog be one of them this year! Animals do not like loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells. They cannot tell why so many people staring at the dark sky yell "Ahhh" and "Ohhh" after a loud noise and an unpleasant smell.
So, here are some tips from the Humane Society of the United States to make sure your pet enjoys Independence Day as much as any American:
Keep your pet safely away from fireworks
When you go to see the fireworks, leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to hide jarring noises. Even pets who are usually kept outdoors should be brought inside.
If your pet is scared by fireworks, ask a veterinarian for help
There are medications and techniques that might help alleviate your pet's fear and anxiety. You can also try the HSUS's suggestions for helping your dog cope with loud noises.
Safeguard your pet with a collar and I.D. tag
All pets, even those kept indoors full-time, should always wear collars with ID tags. Indoor-only pets can become so frightened during fireworks displays that they may take desperate measures to escape the noise, including breaking through window or door screens.
It’s also a good idea to have your pet microchipped. (HART Note: Some microchipped pets have been returned to their human parents months - even years - after they have been lost.)
If your pet does become lost in Garrett County, Maryland, or vicinity, call the Garrett County Animal Shelter at 301-334-3553 or e-mail HART at email@example.com
Warning: Some pets become so frantic on July 4th that they cause themselves serious injury or even death.