According to the Fort Worth Animal Shelter, more pets are lost on July 4 than any other day of the year. Pets are also at risk of heat stroke and exposure to loud noises, such as fireworks and firecrackers.
“Many pets become so frightened by the noise and commotion of fireworks that they run from otherwise familiar environments and people, and sadly become lost,” officials with the Humane Society said.
The Humane Society recommends leaving pets indoors with a TV or radio turned on in order to lessen the effects of loud, jarring noises. Pets should also not be left in cars or exposed to pavement on a hot day.
Best practices from the Humane Society say “if it’s too hot for you to hold your hand to the ground for five seconds, it’s not safe for your dog to walk on.”
Additional tips from the Fort Worth Animal Shelter to keep pets safe on July 4 include:
- Have pets wear visible ID tags on collars at all times
- Have pets microchipped
- Have access to a current photo of your pet
- Exercise pets early in the day
- Use a leash when taking walks
- Secure fences during off-leash time
- Leave pets indoors during cookouts and parties
- Skip fireworks or leave pets at home