Keep pets safe and happy with these safety tips for Independence Day

July 4, 2014

By Staff

NEW — Noon July 4, 2014

Big gatherings, kabooms and brilliant fireworks are all things people love about Independence Day, but they can be very frightening for pets. With a little planning and precaution, you can ensure that the holiday is enjoyable for everyone.

  • Keep pets indoors 
— Keep your pets in a safe, enclosed room, preferably one without windows. If you’re having entertaining, consider keeping pets in a room that’s off-limits to guests with plenty of water and food.
  • Create a calming environment
 — Surround pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Sometimes, the smell of an article of clothing from your laundry can help comfort them. Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows and blinds.
  • Keep away from fireworks
 — Even if your pet doesn’t seem obviously upset by fireworks, they can still cause harm. Avoid potential burns, injuries or possible ingestion by keeping all pets out of the vicinity of fireworks.
  • Update identification 
— The biggest risk of all is that pets will get loose and become lost. Even if a pet is secured inside, the sound of fireworks can cause extreme panic — sometimes causing them to even break through glass windows. Make sure your pets are microchipped and wearing identification tags. Call to confirm that the pet’s veterinarian and the microchip company have your current address and phone numbers.

The Seattle Humane Society offers $20 microchipping services, including national registration, for pets of income-restricted guardians. Learn more here.

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