Help your pets stay safe this Fourth of July

Before we know it, Independence Day will be here. While many of us find the holiday’s sights and sounds exciting, fireworks and other elements of our celebrations may frighten cats and dogs, causing them to panic and escape the confines of a yard or even the house.

To help protect pets during the festivities, here are some tips for pet owners:

  • Keep your pet indoors during fireworks celebrations in a quiet, isolated room with covered windows, such as a bathroom, or a basement where there are no windows. Turn on a fan, radio or television to muffle the sound of fireworks. These devices provide familiar indoor sounds and may help soothe your pet if he must be alone on this noisy holiday.
  • Don’t bring your pet to a fireworks display.
  • If you know from experience that your pet will suffer from severe anxiety caused by the loud noise of fireworks, consider talking with your veterinarian in advance about giving your pet a mild tranquilizer.
  • If your pet behaves nervously by pacing, whining or crying, try playing with her as a distraction or doing something she enjoys.
  • Make sure your pet always wears an appropriately fitted collar and an ID tag with your current phone number and address. Your pet should also wear a current license/rabies tag.
  • If your pet does not have microchip identification, talk with your veterinarian about the implant in case your pet loses his collar and tags. And, if your pet already has a microchip, make sure the contact information is up to date.
  • More tips for helping your pets cope with fireworks can be found at ddfl.org/resource/help-your-dog-cope-with-thunder-and-fireworks.
  • If you find a lost pet, take it to your nearest animal shelter. You can also place a “found” ad in your local paper, on websites like Finding Rover, Next Door, Facebook or Craigslist and post notices around your neighborhood. Learn more at ddfl.org/news/help-pet-lost.
  • If your pet does go missing, visit ddfl.org/resource/denver-metro-area-shelters to find the shelter closest to you and then check our Lost & Found page at ddfl.org/lost-found to look for your lost pet.

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