The SPCA for Monterey County advises that the 4th of July holiday can be a dangerous holiday for pets. While fireworks are an exciting part of holiday celebrations, they can frighten many of our community’s companion animals. Traditionally The SPCA and other area animal shelters see a rise in the number of stray dogs and cats following the July 4th festivities. This increase in stray animals can also increase the number of animals hit by cars. The SPCA advises the following precautions to help keep your pets safe:
- Keep your pets indoors or in a secure, confined area where they feel comfortable. If your pet has a favorite blanket or toy, be sure he has that nearby.
- Turn on a radio, television, or fan to muffle the sound of fireworks. Providing common household noises that your pet knows and trusts will help calm your pet if he is alone during the night.
- If possible, do not leave your dog or cat outside during fireworks shows. Once scared, they will often jumps fences and run fast and far from home, not noticing cars or other hazards.
- If your dog begins to whine, pace, and pant, try to distract him by playing his favorite game or having him perform his favorite trick. Petting him and trying to soothe him with your voice might simply reinforce and increase his anxious behavior.
- Ensure that your pet is wearing current identification tags at all times and has a microchip I.D. (available at The SPCA for only $25)
- If you know your pet is frightened of loud noises and flashes of light, (such as lightning and thunder), please consult your veterinarian for advice regarding medication
If your pet is lost, please begin checking as soon as possible at The SPCA or your local animal shelter