Tips for Keeping Pets Safe This July 4th Weekend! KEEP THEM SAFE馃挋

Tips on Keeping Pets Safe on Independence Day & During a Heat Wave

More Pets Lost On July 4th Than Any Other Day

July 4th is a day filled with family and friends, cookouts, parties, and fireworks.聽But all that commotion can be upsetting to a pet, and according to the Missing Pet Partnership organization it is the day with the highest level of reported lost pets.Fireworks, picnics and other Fourth of July traditions can be great fun for people; but all of the festivities can be frightening and even dangerous for animals. Noisy fireworks and other celebrations can startle animals and cause them to run away

Here are tips for keeping your pet safe and protected on Independence Day and every day of the year.聽

路It is crucial to make sure both dogs and cats have some form of identification on them.

oAll pets should have identification tags with up-to-date information.

oMultiple forms work best. Microchips are an excellent form of permanent identification.聽Baltimore Humane Society鈥檚 Low Cost Veterinary Wellness Center will chip your pet for only $22.聽A visible collar with an identification tag is also invaluable.聽Include the pet鈥檚 name and your best telephone number.聽If your pet is already microchipped, be sure your contact information is up-to-date in the microchip registry.

路Take a current photo of your pets.

路Have a "safe spot" in your home for your pet to stay in and keep them inside if neighbors are setting off fireworks.

oBe sure it is secure with no easy access to the outside.

oPrepare some fun food puzzles or stuff some Kong toys聽and stick them in the freezer for fun "pup"sicles to keep your pets happy and busy throughout the evening.

路Make sure your pets get plenty of exercise throughout the day so they do not have pent up energy that night.

路If you pet has historically been anxious on this holiday, consider behavioral therapy to desensitize.聽Some pets may need medication.

路DO NOT bring them with you to the fireworks!

oFireworks are very loud to us, but even louder to our pets and will easily startle them, triggering their "flight" or fear response. Your pets will be much happier left at home in the comfort of their familiar surroundings.

If your pet runs off鈥

First, DO NOT run after him or her.聽If dogs and cats are frightened (which they most likely will be) running after them will trigger that "flight" response again and cause them to run even further.聽Instead, turn your back and walk away like you want them to chase you, or sit or lay down flat on the ground.聽Your pet will most likely come to you to investigate what you are doing.

If you come home to find your pet has run away, immediately call the microchip company (if your pet has one) to notify them.聽Canvas the neighborhood and contact area veterinarians, shelters, and animal control facilities to report your pet missing.聽Give them fliers with a recent picture, identifying features, and contact information.聽Be sure to post it on Facebook and other social media lost pet sites.聽

After the celebration 鈥

Check your yard for fireworks debris.聽You don鈥檛 want your pet picking it up to play with or eat.

Keep your pets safe!聽Don鈥檛 take a chance on losing them this Fourth of July.聽But do take a chance on adopting a pet in need of a loving home.聽In honor of the Fourth of July, Baltimore Humane Society is running its 鈥淭ake a Chance on Us鈥 Special.聽Draw a red, white, or blue ticket to see if you receive a 25%, 50%, or 75% discounted adoption fee throughout the month of July.

The heat wave we are experiencing can also be dangerous to your petsif you鈥檙e notmindful.聽聽Remember 鈥 ifyou think it's hot outside, it's even hotter for your pet 鈥 make sure your pet has a means of cooling off.聽When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces like asphalt because it can burn your dog's paws. On a lovely 77 degree day, asphalt located in direct sunlight can reach as high as 125degrees! At this temperature, skin destruction can occur in as little as 60 seconds. It would take 5 minutes for an egg to fry at 131degrees. We fortunately, wear shoes that give the bottoms of our feet protection from this, but our pets do not have that luxury. On hot days, stick to short walks on sidewalk/light colored concrete or avoid the hard surfaces all together and walk only on the grass. The tissue that makes up our pets' paw pads is a specialized type that is different than the skin that covers their body and it isn't covered in fur. This leaves it vulnerable to extremely hot surfaces.

Here are some other tips:

  1. Never, ever leave your dog in the car. Cars can overheat quickly to deadly temperatures.
  2. Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water.
  3. Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside.
  4. Take walks during the cooler hours of the day.
  5. Keep your dog free of external parasites (fleas, ticks) and heartworms 鈥 consult your veterinarian about the best product for your pet.
  6. Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats (talk to your veterinarian first to see if it's appropriate for your pet), and apply sunscreen to your dog's skin if she or he聽has a thin coat.

Be sure to seek emergency veterinary care if you observe any of these聽signs of heat stress:

  • Anxiousness
  • Excessive panting
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive drooling
  • Unsteadiness
  • Abnormal gum and tongue color
  • Collapse


About The Baltimore Humane Society:

The Baltimore Humane Society, founded in 1927 by Mrs. Elsie Seeger Barton, is an independent, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, which offers low-cost veterinary care to the public, and a pet cemetery with grief support services. We receive no operational funding from the local or federal governments, or any national animal welfare organizations.聽For more information about BHS, and how you can contribute, volunteer, adopt, or foster, please

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