4th of July Pet Safety

Protect Your Pet on this Holiday

The Fourth of July is among the most celebrated holidays in the nation. On this holiday many Coloradans will be staying out past sunset to watch the fireworks light up the sky and thunder through the night. Firework shows can be a fun experience for many, but they can also frighten and disorient our canine and feline friends. Although fireworks are illegal in Denver, there may be several professional shows over the holiday weekend. If you are a Denver pet owner make sure you are following the valuable tips below to protect your pet from harm this weekend. 

  • Don’t take your pet to firework displays.
  • Do not leave your pet in the car.  Opened windows do not provide sufficient air.
  • 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.
  • Take your pet for a walk first. Some pets are too frightened to void once the fireworks begin, and this may lead to an "accident" later on.
  • Provide a safe "escape" place. Pets will seek out a small den-like place, such as a crate, if they are fearful or stressed. It is recommended to create that safe place and familiarize your pet with it before needed, to reduce stress during fireworks.
  • If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th.
  • 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.
  • Use a leash or carrier. If you must be outside with your pet, keep the pet on a leash or in carrier.
  • 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.
  • If you plan to go away for the holiday weekend, arrangements should be made to ensure that your pet is properly taken care of in your absence.
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