The Fourth of July can be a frightening time for animals, when the loud sounds of firecrackers and fireworks often sends pets scurrying out of the house or yard in search of security or shelter. Oakland Animal Services reminds all animal owners that they can save themselves and their pets a tremendous amount of heartache and anxiety by keeping the animals comfortable during Fourth of July celebrations:
- Keep pets indoors and at home; they will be happier and not tempted to escape from loud sounds.
- If your dog is crate-trained, put him in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure.
- Create a peaceful environment in your home: play soothing music and lower the blinds to block outside sights and sounds.
- Avoid feeding scraps from the grill and other human food. Some foods like onion, avocado, grapes, raisins and chocolate can be toxic. Pets should never be given cooked bones, especially from chicken.
- Keep pets away from flames, matches and lighter fluid.
- Do not spray your pet with insect repellent or sunscreen that is intended for humans. These can be extremely irritating to the stomach, lungs and central nervous system.
- Even if your pet is indoors with you, double-check yard gates and doors to prevent an escape.
- Make certain pets are wearing identification that includes the name and current telephone number of the owner. Confirm that your pet’s microchip information is up to date.