Fireworks and Thunderstorms (PET SAFETY)

Posted in: Madison Park

Summer time can bring warm, sunny days to humid and stormy nights. If your pet starts to change their behavior, there could be a storm on its way. They tend to whine or meow more, constantly pace, and hide under a bed or couch.

The same can be said for during the fireworks season (especially on the 4th of July).

"Nearly one-in-five lost pets goes missing after being scared by the sound of fireworks, thunderstorms or other loud noises according to recent survey findings." – ASPCA

Here are a few things you can do to make them more comfortable and feel safe during these activities.??‹

1) Set up a quiet area for your pet. It can be in a closet or in a dark room. This will help avoid unnecessary stress on your pet or possible injury and accidental escape. 

2) Try to keep them away from windows. Some dogs have been known to break through panes of glass in an attempt to get away from the storm.

3) Get your pets microchipped! Should they decide that those fireworks are just too loud and scary they may very well do what ever they can to get away. If they do, that microchip will get your pet home, as long as it is up to date with the most recent phone numbers and address. Shelters and vets get over run with stray animals during the storm and firework seasons.

4) If your pet is outdoors and there is inclement weather on its way, bring them inside. It will help keep them safe from lightening strikes and keep them dry.

5) Fireworks are no fun for pets at any time. The fireworks are terrifying to most pets and have even caused some pets to break through windows in order to run away from the noise. It also hurts their ears and could cause damage. Its best they stay home if you are headed to a park or to be kept safe in a room where the noise will be limited if you stay home.

6) Never light fireworks around your pets! Not only are they dangerous when used around your pets that could result in severe burns and trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, but it’s also potentially toxic.

7) If your pet's behavior toward storms and fireworks are severe, talk to your veterinarian about sedatives.

8) Some animals 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 or consumed.

9) Leave a radio or television on at normal volume to provide your pet companionship.

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