|Tips for Ensuring A Safe Holiday for Your Pet
Independence Day is among the most celebrated holidays in the nation. This week, many will be staying out to watch the fireworks light up the sky. While these fireworks shows may be enjoyable for some, they are not fun for pets.
The Denver Animal Shelter fills with lost pets in the days following July 4. To help keep your pet safe at home, Denver’s Animal Care & Control encourages pet owners to use the following tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for all:
For more information, visit www.denveranimalshelter.org.
- Don’t take your pet to firework displays.
- Don't leave your pet in the car. July is typically one of the hottest months. Pets can succumb to over-heating quickly.
- 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 fragile items. Also leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep them company.
- Provide a safe "escape" place. Pets will seek out a small den-like place, such as a crate, if they are fearful or stressed. Create that safe place and familiarize your pet with it before needed, to reduce stress during fireworks.
- License and microchip your pet. If for some reason your pet escapes, ensure your pet is licensed and microchipped. Having identification will increase the likelihood that your pet will be returned to you if lost.
- Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard. Pets who normally wouldn't leave the yard may escape and become lost during fireworks. If chained or tied, they can become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.
- Use a leash or carrier. Denver City ordinance requires pets to be leashed and under control at all times.