The Humane Society of the United States and its veterinary affiliate, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, encourage pet owners to take extra precautions to keep their pets safe this Independence Day and to be aware of two potential hazards: fireworks and heat.
Many pets can become overwhelmed by the noise and commotionassociated with parades and fireworks displays. In fact, so many pets become frightened and try to flee the sights and sounds that animal shelters around the nation report a dramatic increase in lost pets during the holiday.
“Our pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells than we are, so Fourth of July festivities can quickly become frightening,” said KC Theisen, The HSUS’ director of pet care issues. “Provide them with a safe, secure place to stay while you enjoy the holiday.”
Fourth of July festivities can make people forget that on any summer day, heat puts pets in jeopardy. Barry Kellogg, VMD, senior veterinary advisor for the HSVMA, points out “It is very important to remember that a dog doesn’t have to be shut in a car to be at risk of heat stroke. Pet owners need to be aware of this issue before it occurs, as it can turn deadly very quickly.” Keep an eye on your pets and act immediately if you see any signs of heatstroke.
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