4th of July pet safety with Helen Woodward Animal Center
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Many family pets will run away from home this holiday weekend because of noise and confusion.
Do not bring your pets along to the fireworks displays. Most dogs do not do well with the combination of crowds, noise, and bright lights. It is best to leave your pets indoors during the fireworks shows because many pets will panic and try to escape the yard. It is important to make sure that your pets have access to their favorite safe space or find a quiet, comfortable, enclosed room where your pets can stay calm. If you are going to a fireworks display and leaving your pets at home alone, leave the radio or television on so there is some background noise. Also, it’s a good idea to have your pets microchipped. Many of the pets that run away during the fireworks will escape by slipping out of their collars or getting out of the yard. A microchip will assure that your pet is returned if it ends up at a shelter or clinic.
Other Summer Safety tips:
The warm weather we have been experiencing recently is also felt by our pets. Make sure they have consistent access to fresh drinking water as well as shade. Do not exercise your pet during the hottest parts of the day. Also be wary of hot asphalt and sidewalks which can burn paw pads. For pets who like to spend time outdoors remember they can also get sunburnt on exposed areas such as their belly or white patches of fur. Since most pets will just lick off sunscreen consider covering those areas with a puppy t shirt or something similar. It’s also a good idea to keep pets away from hot barbeques and grills to avoid accidents as well as not feeding off the table as we picnic during this holiday weekend