It's the time of the year that makes our furry friends frantic (say that three times fast!).
It is important to realize that as much as you may like fireworks and all the noise associated with the ongoing festivities for 4th of July, our furry friends don't feel the same way. As a matter of fact, they can become frantic and can become injured very easily! A few of my friends actually have to sedate their animals for this period so that they don't injure themselves.
Every year our officers and I answer calls of (dogs especially) running away from fright because of the numerous bangs and explosions of legal and illegal fireworks displays. Not only do they run, but they crash through glass doors and windows, screens, over or under fences and in most cases they cut, rip or injure themselves, or bite someone out of fear. I have also had many calls of animals getting hit by cars as they try to get away from the noise.
What can you do as an animal owner during this time of the year?
- Be aware of your pets' surroundings and what's going on with your pet.
- Keep them in the most quiet and safe place you can find in your home.
- For the most part, they do not want to go to the fireworks display with you, so don't bring Fifi or Fido and leave them in the car or have them walk with you - you're just inviting trouble.
- If you know your dog to be really frantic with this activity, stop by your vet and get some medication to ease your "best friends" fears.
Remember your "best friends" hearing is a lot more sensitive than yours or mine so make sure you are aware of their feelings and needs during this holiday season and through out the year!
May you and your pets have a safe, happy and healthy 4th of July!