By Gary Bogue
Monday, June 25th, 2007 at 8:25 am in Pet Safety.
More pets are lost on the 4th of July holiday than at any other time of the year.
Lets get an early start to planning for a safe and sane 4th of July for your pets this year. For starters, if you haven’t already done so, it might be a good idea to get your pet micro-chipped before the 4th of July.
Every year I like to present a 4th of July press release from a different animal control department or nonprofit pet rescue organization. This year the City of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services is sending out the following information offering six basic steps to making this July 4th a great holiday for you and your pets.
Loud noises from fireworks frighten animals due to their heightened senses of hearing, and they will often do anything they can to escape the noise. This behavior is usually unpredictable and out of character, and it may include chewing through a leash, jumping through screens and glass windows, digging under a fence, jumping over a wall, bolting away from the owner, and running into traffic.
Don’t get caught by surprise and lose your beloved pets.
Please read and follow these six guidelines carefully. The life you save may be that of a wonderful pet:
** Don’t take pets to fireworks displays. The explosions of the fireworks are loud to the human ear. Imagine how loud it sounds to your dog, who can hear sounds up to 60,000 cycles per second — that’s three times greater than the human ear can even register.
** Do not leave pets in the car. With only hot air to breathe inside a car, your pet can suffer serious health effects, even death, in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air, but do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen. This practice is also illegal in the state of California.
** Keep pets indoors in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals become destructive when frightened, so be sure you’ve removed any items your pet could destroy or may be harmful to your pet if chewed. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep your cat or dog company while you’re attending 4th of July picnics, parades, and other activities.
** Is your pet seriously distressed by loud noises? Consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety your pet will experience during fireworks displays.
** Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn’t leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.
** Make sure all pets are wearing ID tags. If they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the local animal care center, where they have the best chance of being reunited with their owners. Two forms of ID are always best when it comes to protecting your pet. If an individual finds your pet, the first thing he or she will look for is an ID tag. If your pet is taken to a shelter, it will also be scanned for a microchip.