Fireworks are an enjoyable and mesmerizing way to enjoy summer holidays such as Independence Day. But while we humans delight in fireworks, our pets may not.
Both dogs and cats have far better hearing than humans; dogs can hear sounds up to a quarter of a mile away. Imagine, then, what fireworks must feel like for your animals, to whom the sounds are much louder and more intense.
According to some reports, July 5 is one of the busiest days for animal shelters because normally calm pets run away from the booms and crackles of fireworks. Dogs escape from yards, and outdoor cats who usually come home when called may disappear. In the Fayetteville area of North Carolina, fireworks occur not just for July 4, but for fairs and other events such as baseball games and military celebrations.
Here are five ways to keep your pet safe during fireworks this summer.
If Your Pet Disappears
Sometimes it’s not possible to keep your pet indoors during fireworks. If your pet goes missing, contact your local animal shelters to alert them. According to Pet Amber Alert, 30 to 60 percent of pets are euthanized at shelters because their owners cannot be found. Inform your neighbors your pet is missing. If your pet has a microchip, contact us to let us know to be on the lookout.
We hope you and your pets have a lovely summer season!