As residents begin planning their Fourth of July celebrations, we ask that animals be kept in mind, as there is often an increase of lost pets following the holiday.
Celebrations for the holiday often include fireworks and other commotion, which can be stressful to pets or result in them getting lost. For the safety and protection of pets, IndyHumane joins the Humane Society of the United States in recommending the following:
▪ Leave pets at home and inside. Fireworks can be terrifying to pets, even those who are accustomed to being around crowds and commotion.
▪ Create a home sanctuary. Leave your pet in an area of the home where he or she is safe, comfortable and sheltered from any outside noise and lights. An interior room without
immediate access to the outside is preferred. Playing a radio with relaxing music may help mask the sound of fireworks.
▪ Pet-proof your home. When scared, some animals may become destructive so be sure to remove anything from reach that can become damaged or may harm the pet if chewed or
▪ Identification is essential. Pets may panic, escape and become lost. Updated identification is critical to ensuring lost pets are reunited with their families. Ideal identification is both a
tag on their collar and microchip (make sure your chip is registered on a site such as www.petmicrochiplookup.org).
▪ Consult a veterinarian for pets with anxiety. Consult your veterinarian before the Fourth of July to seek out remedies to lower your pet’s stress level if this is a known issue.
“Though we all love our animals, keeping them safe should be our first priority,” said Colleen Benson, Director of Shelter Behavior. “Animals are particularly sensitive to the loud noises and can become anxious. We also encourage pet owners to watch for signs of heat stroke in the hot weather and to keep an eye on the ‘people food’ at celebrations, some of which can be dangerous for animals to consume.”