Prepare your pets for the Fourth of July festivities this weekend

July 3, 2015
By Boca Beacon

dogs-scared-of-fireworks-300x211The 4th of July is not a time of celebration for our pets. If they could read calendars they would be packing up to leave about now. The fireworks that many people find so thrilling can drive pets, especially dogs, into a state of panic. Explosions from fireworks can often be felt and heard for miles.
Kids screaming, high-pitched swooshes of rockets, and the bright flashes of light can all be overwhelming for many of our pets. Some pets can become so frightened that they even run away.
Days following the holiday can be very busy ones at animal shelters. Many experience an increase of lost pets. We not only have to worry about our dogs becoming frightened but also remember that cats can panic and run off as well. Sadly, some lost pets are never recovered after the 4th of July.
By following some simple safety precautions, you can easily keep your pet from becoming lost. The best way a lost pet can be found is through their microchip. This microchip can only be scanned at veterinary clinics and animal shelters. Also make sure your pet is wearing a collar with proper identification. You should walk and exercise your dog early in the morning and afternoon before the fireworks begin. Keep all pets inside in a familiar area where he/she feels secure and remember to turn on a TV or radio for distractions. If your pet suffers with extreme anxiety, please check with your veterinarian about tranquilizers. Most of all DO NOT take your pet to the community fireworks display.
If your pet DOES become lost, please contact Suncoast Humane Society for information on how to find your pet.
Submitted by the Suncoast Humane Society of Englewood.