The HSUS recommends a few simple steps to help pet owners protect their four-legged family members this Independence Day:
- Leave your pet at home. Fireworks displays can be disorienting and frightening to pets, even those who are well socialized. Families can still enjoy the outdoor festivities by simply having someone remain home to look after pets.
- Create a quiet, in-home sanctuary for your pet. Leaving your pet in an area of your home that is sheltered from outside noise and lights will provide a comfortable, low-stress environment.
- Pet-proof your home. When scared, some animals can become destructive. Remove any objects that can be damaged or might harm your pet if chewed.
- Never leave pets outside and unattended. Even in a fenced-in yard, panic can lead a pet to escape or become injured trying to seek refuge.
- Make sure that your pet always wears a collar and tag for identification. In the unfortunate event that your pet gets lost, an up-to-date tag as well as an implanted microchip greatly increases your chances of being reunited.
- If your pet is fearful of loud noises, like thunderstorms, be prepared for a similar reaction to fireworks. Consult your veterinarian for suggestions to help lower your pet's stress levels.
- If you plan to travel for the holiday, be sure to make arrangements for your pet. The HSUS' Web site, humanesociety.org, has information on safe pet travel and choosing a pet sitter or boarding kennel.
For more information, visit humanesociety.org/pets.