Keep your pet safely away from fireworks: Our pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells, so on the Fourth of July (and the days around it when people are likely to set off fireworks), it's best to 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. And if you are going to an Independence Day event and cannot leave your pet unattended at home, keep them leashed and under your direct control at all times.
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 suggestions for dealing with fireworks from the Humane society of America. .
Protect your pet from heat stroke during summer festivities: Another reason to keep your pets away from the often noisy celebrations of summer is heat. High temperatures put your pet at risk of heat stroke, which can become deadly very quickly. Keep an eye on your pets and act immediately if you see any signs of heatstroke seek veterinary care. Never leave your pet in a parked car, even if the day doesn’t seem that warm. Even when the temperature outside is a balmy 72 degrees, the temperature inside your car can rocket to a fatal 116 degrees in less than an hour’s time.
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.. If your pet does become lost, contact your local animal control, veterinarian and surrounding shelters immediately .
If you have questions about fireworks and heatstroke contact Dr. Norette Underwood at firstname.lastname@example.org