4th of July Pet Safety Tips
10 PET TIPS FOR A "SAFE & SANE" INDEPENDENCE DAY
San Francisco, Jul 2 2009:
- Make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag and is microchipped.
- Tire your dog or cat out with plenty of exercise early in the day.
- Distract your pets by playing games with their favorite toys.
- Create a safe sanctuary in your home. Shut windows and blinds or curtains. Turn the TV or radio on at normal volume.
- Stay with your pet on the 4th. If you can’t stay consider crating them in a secluded room, so they won’t run in panic.
- Some pets become destructive when frightened, so remove items that they could destroy or hurt themselves with.
- Don’t leave your pet inside a vehicle. In hot weather temperatures can climb rapidly.
- Avoid taking your dog to places where there may be fireworks and never leave pets outside unattended.
- Take precautions before and after July 4th; many people start celebrating early and will continue to let off firecrackers afterward.
- After the 4th watch pets carefully during neighborhood walks to see that they are not exposed to fireworks debris.