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Keep your pet safe during the fireworks this Fourth of July

When fireworks shows happen this Fourth of July, help your pet stay calm during the loud noises by preparing beforehand. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Heritage Humane Society)
When fireworks shows happen this Fourth of July, help your pet stay calm during the loud noises by preparing beforehand. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Heritage Humane Society)

Humane Society officials are advising pet owners to prepare ahead for fireworks and loud noises on the Fourth of July.

“The 4th of July is a big holiday where we see an increased population in animal shelters because pets become so frightened by the fireworks and the noise they make,” according to Heritage Humane Society.

“One of the most important things to remember on the 4th of July is to keep your pets indoors so they don’t have an opportunity to run away, get hit by a car or end up in an animal shelter,” said Executive Director Kimberly Laska.

During a fireworks show, a pet might become easily frightened from the loud noises. As a result, they may be likely to dig under fences or find other means of escape. Pet owners should be aware that their pets don’t know where the loud noises are coming from and could be scared.

The Heritage Humane Society has provided a list of suggestions to help keep a pet safe:

  • Keep a pet indoors during a fireworks show and shut all of the windows and doors.
  • Turn on a television or relaxing music to help distract pets from the noises.
  • Check that a pet’s microchip and identification tags are up to date.
  • Keep a pet distracted in an interactive way with toys or treats.

Taking these extra steps could help to keep the Fourth of July a happy holiday for furry family members. For information, visit the Heritage Humane Society online.

Editor’s note: This story originally published in July 2018.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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