If your neighbors are like mine, our peace and quiet are being interrupted by the bombs bursting in air already, and will continue after the 4th day of July.
The American Humane Association reports that July 5 is the busiest day at animal shelters, caring for all the pets who simply ran in fright during fireworks the night before, but in 2016 the ASPCA did some research on that statement and found it’s not necessarily true. Sifting through data from pet owner surveys that included questions on lost pets, “What we did not find in the surveys was that the 4th of July is a significant driver for losing a pet. While 12% of dogs and 11% of cats were lost in a severe weather event around that time period, we did not have folks reporting their pet was lost because of 4th of July celebrations. Now, that is not to say that pets do not panic and run off during fireworks–just that it is not a major reason folks identified.”
That’s not to say that fireworks won’t frighten them enough to make them run blindly when they are frightened. Being near fireworks can be uncomfortable for us humans, but even at a distance they take their toll on our pets’ highly sensitive ears and can leave them very stressed, confused and irritable. Even a pet who has shown no interest in the outdoors might just take off into the night to try to get as far away from that horrible noise as possible. The holiday has many other real dangers aside from fireworks, too, like foods and decorations and grills and fires, plus open doors from people spending more time outside. Don’t forget about your pets when preparing for any home event, or when July storms arrive.
This is an article I share each year, so rather than republishing the whole thing I leave it in one place and link to it. Read all about the dangers of fireworks, food and outdoor events for our pets, and a Lost Pet mobile app in “Independence Day for Our Animal Companions, Not So Fun”.
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Big Bang Theory, ASPCA article on lost pets from July 4 festivities.
Fourth of July Safety Tips from the ASPCA is a comprehensive list of all the material dangers your pet can encounter on a picnic or cookout or even in the house.
4th of July Cat Safety Tips by Pam Johnson Bennett, CABC, on Cat Behavior Associates, LLC is very cat -specific, giving tips on how to keep kitty safe, indoors, and even confined if necessary.
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