Last updated: July 02. 2014 2:01PM - 140 Views
By Gayla Frances Evans-Rine

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Pets and fireworks do not mix, with the Fourth of July Independence celebration around the corner these tips from Pet Care and Safety expert Gayla Frances Evans-Rine will help you keep your pet safe. Each year hundreds of pets are lost and injured because of the panic caused by fireworks. A fear of fireworks is fairly common in dogs.

The symptoms of stress can include, shaking, panting, hiding barking,yawning, licking and clinging. More severe is bolting, running, anxious pacing and chewing.

Weather preventing try and take your pet for a fast-pace walk or exercise to release some energy beforehand to wear out before dark.

Keep pets home, do not take them to fireworks displays so they can get use to it.

Bring ALL pets indoors. Did you know July 5 was the busiest times for shelters and pounds to have your escaped pet,they are busy enough and usually full, they don’t need your dog which would stress your pet out more.

If you are not going to be home over the Fourth, select a suitable “safe room” for them, give them a kong with peanut butter or treats, drapes or blind closed, TV or music on at normal volume. Crate covered, temperature is comfortable and leave lights on.

Double check to sure they are wearing collars having a little more snug preventing them to get caught on something or slip out of, with tags and microchip information currant.

If possible stay with your pet until fireworks are over,be aware that in a state of panic your pet may bite or scratch you out of fear. Try to stay calm, using slow, quiet, gentle behavior and not react to noise or show fear as your pet can pick up on that which could make things worse. Some pets are just afraid of noises period so you may want to purchase a sensory wrap like a Thunder shirt, that provides gentle constant pressure.

Never punish your pet for for their reactions to fireworks or loud noises, and observe your pet at least an hour after fireworks are over. When taking your pet outside regardless a fenced yard or not, check for unexploded fireworks and have on a leash preferably till the next day as they will bolt on an unsuspected noise.

The Fourth of July celebration usually goes into the weekend as well so always be on guard keeping your four- legged friend safe. Better to be safe, not sorry.

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