Paw-rents, listen to me!
Before you put on your best red, white, and blue outfit, fire up the grill, or even consider a dip in the pool, think about how you’ll comfort your pet when he’s inevitably spooked by the Independence Day fireworks.
Throughout the cheers and company of a barbecue coupled with the brightness and roaring thunder of fireworks, the 4th of July is often a spooky holiday for our furry, scaly, fluffy and feathered friends. To help prepare pet owners for any anxiety their animal companions may be feeling, the San Diego Humane Society (SDHS) has shared some tips to consider.
Before the holidays
First, it’s best to have your pet microchipped. Last year, SDHS took in 270 lost pets who strayed from their homes between July 4 and July 7. The organization added that unfortunately only 28% of these animals were recovered by their owners.
Microchipping your pet can help identify them if they get lost, making it easier for you to find them.
Another way to increase your chances of finding your pet if it runs away is to make sure it is wearing a collar. For microchips and collars, pet owners will want to make sure they have the latest contact information.
During the celebrations
Your home is also your pet’s home, so you’ll want to make sure they feel extra comfortable during all the fuss. Some animals express their anxiety by hiding, while others relieve their stress through some destruction.
Regardless of your pet’s reaction, you’ll want to remove anything within your pet’s reach that could be damaged, broken, or injure your pet if chewed or eaten. If possible, reserve a room for your pet where he can shelter from outside noise and light.
Those who know they won’t be returning home the night of the celebrations should consider finding a pet sitter to watch over them during the spooky sounds of fireworks, suggests the Humane Society.
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find a pet
The San Diego Humane Society will be closed on July 4, but any stray pets found that evening or in the following days are encouraged to take the animals to one of the organization’s sites beginning July 5.
Anyone unable to care for a lost pet overnight is asked to contact the Humane Law Enforcement dispatcher at (619) 299-7012 (press 1).
And, any pet parent who loses their best friend can check SDHS “Animals found” page online from July 5.