Fireworks tend to be a take-it or leave-it phenomenon.
People either really like them or would really like to avoid them.
People can make that decision, generally. Perhaps it takes a little effort to avoid all fireworks, but they generally can.
The same cannot be said for our pets and dogs especially find fireworks terrifying, according to experts.
Here are some of the tips that the Humane Society of the United States recommends for pets on the Fourth of July:
• Leave them at home
“There are many family and group activities that are perfect for pets, but a public fireworks display or a picnic, cookout or any other type of gathering where fireworks will be set off isn’t one of them – please resist the urge to take your pets to such an event,” the group suggests.
• Don’t leave your pet in the car
“With only hot air to breathe inside a car, your pet can suffer serious health effects—even death—in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air, but they do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen.”
• Give them shelter
“Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you’ve removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep him company while you’re attending Fourth of July picnics, parades, and other celebrations.”
• Keep it quiet
“If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays.”
• Pay attention
“Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn’t leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.”
• Tag them
“Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.”
According to information from the Society, it is common to have animals turn up lost on the holiday, because they get scared by the noise, smells and activity. It notes that “animal shelters across the country are accustomed to receiving ‘July 4th dogs’ — dogs who run off during fireworks celebrations and are rescued by animal control officers or good Samaritans who take them to the safety of a local shelter.”