ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Fireworks celebrations may be perfect for the family but they can be scary for your pets. Travis Arndt with the Animal Medical Center of Mid-America gives us some Fourth of July pet safety tips.
Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips:
- Don`t take pets to celebrations with fireworks. The excitement and noise can cause anxiety and some fearful pets will panic and run.
- Give your pet a quiet, cool place to retreat inside where heat and sounds are less intense. Dogs and cats are more sensitive to loud noises than people are, so those booms can be extremely uncomfortable. Keeping them inside will also protect them from stray fireworks.
Fourth of July is no holiday for pets:
More pets go missing over the Fourth of July weekend than any other time of year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Many seasoned animal lovers know to keep their dogs inside, but many pets are still running away or getting killed by cars as they bolt blindly from the noise.
- Don`t confine fearful animals on a chain or in a small area such as a crate. This could increase their panic.
- Don`t leave your pet in a parked car, even at night during a fireworks display. Fourth of July is one of the hottest holidays of the year. Even at 70 degrees, internal car temperatures can skyrocket to more than 100 degrees in just minutes. Remember our life-saving motto this summer: 70 Degrees & Over, Don`t Take Rover!
- If you can`t avoid taking your dog to the festivities, keep the pup on a short, secure leash at all times and watch for signs of stress. Never use a retractable leash in crowded areas.
- Keep your pets away from the 'human stuff' - things like sparklers, glow sticks, lighter fluid, sunscreen, insect repellent or citronella candles. Also keep an eye on alcoholic beverages, so thirsty pets don`t accidentally take a drink.
- Keep your veterinarian`s phone number handy in case of any medical emergencies.