July 4th Pet Safety Tipsdog with flag

Did you know on the fourth of July, more pets go missing than any other day of the year?

The Fourth of July is often a day of fun and celebration, but it can also be extremely stressful for our furry family members.There are, however, several simple precautions you can take to help keep your dog or cat safe and out of harm’s way this holiday.

Keep pets indoors and away from fireworks

Pets can easily be harmed by or spooked by loud fireworks, causing them to run away. This can be disastrous on busy streets and in extreme summer heat.

Refrain from taking pets to weekend festivities that involve firework displays

Loud fireworks displays can easily frighten pets and can cause even those with the best manners to run off.

Pay close attention to your pets at all times

Do not leave pets unattended in the backyard as fireworks can send them over the fence or digging to get out. Table food and alcohol can also cause pets to become ill.

Keep pets in a quiet, escape-proof room

This helps pets feel safe and protected. Background TV or radio noise may help as well as their toys, bedding, food and water.

Have plenty of water nearby

Animals that are panicked will pant and become dehydrated, and often will not move to look for a water source. Place a bowl of water directly beside your pet.

Make sure pets have multiple forms of up-to-date identification

Pets can easily wiggle out of collars and ID tags, therefore up-to-date microchips are best.

Your pet isn't microchipped? Don't worry! You can schedule an appointment today to get your pet microchipped at one of AHS affordable veterinary clinics! For more information on lost or found pets, click here. To report signs of animals in distress this summer, please call AHS’ Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ at 602.997.7585 ext. 2073.
June 25, 2015