LifeLine Animal Project offers tips for pet safety during Fourth of July
With the Fourth of July holiday coming up quickly, the LifeLine Animal Project has put together suggestions for ways to keep pets safe.
According to LifeLine, most animals find the sound of fireworks terrifying and will often panic, flee their home or yard and become lost.
To ensure the safety of your pets, LifeLine recommends following these precautions:
– Leave your pet at home instead of taking them to fireworks displays. Their hearing is much more sensitive than ours, so very few pets enjoy the noise.
– Bring and keep them inside. This will help them feel safe. Also, since some animals become destructive when frightened, remove any items that they could ingest or destroy.
– If you know your pet will be terrified, consult your veterinarian before the holiday. Veterinarians can prescribe a sedative to help relieve their anxiety.
– Identification tags, microchips and county license tags are your pet’s ticket home. Make sure your pet is wearing identification with current information and is microchipped as a precaution.
If your pet somehow gets out despite your best efforts, LifeLine also has tips on finding lost pets for ways to increase the likelihood of locating them. These tips include contacting animal control immediately, using social media and posting flyers.
If you find a stray animal on July 5 – or any time – LifeLine suggests following certain steps to significantly increase the chances of reuniting them with their owner. Those include safely containing the animal, searching for an identification tag, contacting local authorities and scanning the pet for a microchip at a local vet.
For more information on keeping pets safe, especially during the Independence Day holiday, go to LifeLine’s website.