Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Safety First

Some Fourth of July tips from Best Friends Animal Society:
  • Leave your pets at home. Most don't enjoy the crashing and flashing of fireworks, and even the most trustworthy pet could become scared and run away.
  • Don't leave your pets in the car during a fireworks display, as temperatures inside the car could rise drastically.
  • Don't leave your outdoor pets unattended, even in a fenced yard. The chaos may cause them to panic and try to escape.
  • Be sure your pets are wearing proper identification in case they become lost during the events. ID tags can help your pet find its way home to you again. Microchips are the most reliable forms of identification possible - you can contact your veterinarian or local animal shelter for more information.
  • If you know your pet is scared of fireworks, be sure to keep him in a safe room with lots of treats and favorite toys to help him alleviate any anxiety. Turn on a fan, radio or TV to muffle the loud sounds. You might also speak with your vet about remedies for your pet to help keep him calm.

  • note: An herbal formula called "Rescue Remedy," available in pharmacies and health food stores, might help. Generally, a single drop will help a nervous dog, but because the flavor is not particularly agreeable, veterinarians recommend diluting it slightly with water. Another option is a product called "Comfort Zone with DAP," which releases a chemical supposed to be a dog-comforting pheromone.

  • Remember not to set off any of your own fireworks near a wildlife inhabited area. The explosions and flashing lights may disturb wildlife causing them to leave their natural nesting areas. And any stray sparks can start a forest fire.
Seems like a no-brainer, but every year, hundreds of animals find their way into the shelters because they've freaked out and gotten away. Also, even if your pooch is microchipped, make sure he has an actual tag on his collar so if he escapes and someone in the neighborhood finds him, they can contact you directly and not have to go through the local shelter.

Happy Independence Day!

Rescue Remedy
Best Friends Animal Society

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