OSWEGO, NY – While the nation celebrates this holiday with fireworks and other festivities, the Fourth of July can cause extreme stress on your pets.
The loud noises from fireworks, bright flashes of light and smells of sulfur can create an environment that is unfamiliar and hostile to pets.
The World Wide Pet Industry Association, the oldest non-profit association dedicated to promoting responsible pet care, offers a list of expert tips on how to reduce your petÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s anxiety this Fourth of July.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œA big issue that arises around July 4 is that pets escape from home,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â stated Doug Poindexter, president, WWPIA.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œEven a well-trained dog will try to run away if he or she is frightened.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â However, there are simple precautionary steps that pet owners can take that will help ease your petÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s nervousness and keep them safe.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Bring all pets inside ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Pets are animals; they can become easily spooked by loud noises and bright lights.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Even a well-behaved and extensively trained pet will try to escape if they feel they are in danger.
Create a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œSafe RoomÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Choose a room in your home that is secluded from outside noises.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Be sure that the room is well ventilated and cool, as anxious pets will pant heavily.
Close the blinds and play music, which will help block outside noises.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Be sure to keep food and water in the room.
Offer comfort items ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Surrounding your pet with their favorite toys, blankets or treats will help to provide some distraction.
Keep your doors closed ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Constant foot traffic in and out of the room where your pets are staying increases the chances that they will escape. Only have one person who is in charge or periodically checking on the pets.
Properly ID your pets ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ As a responsible pet owner, your pets should have ID tags and be micro-chipped. This will help recover your pet should they escape.
Accidents happen ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ DonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t punish your pet if an accident occurs in the home during this time. The stress and fear produced from loud noises can often cause house trained pets to urinate in the home. Instead, plan ahead.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Cover the floor with newspaper and remove any expensive rugs that could be damaged.
For more information and news regarding pet safety, visit PetSource.org