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Keep your Pets Safe this Independence Day

Posted by Lorea Thomson on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 at 12:58pm.

July 4th fireworks in Palm Beach County can be fun for the entire family… but what about our fury family members? Before you take your pet outside to enjoy the fireworks remember that loud sounds trigger their nervous systems, and they can become anxious or afraid. Running away from the noise is a survival instinct.

Eighty percent of pet owners have owned a pet that is afraid of fireworks. The loud noises and bright flashes can actually cause anxiety for animals. According to Cesar Millan, renowned dog expert, fireworks are closer to the ground, than other loud noises like thunder, more vibrant, and are accompanied by sudden booms, flashes and burning smells. Dogs experience the world through their senses — nose, eyes, ears. The typical Fourth of July celebration can be overwhelming to them.

Do you constantly worry about your pets during fireworks displays nearby? Do you fear you may come home to find that your pets are scared and unhappy? Many beloved pets become lost on July 4th. No need to worry... try some of these helpful tips.

1). Don’t leave your pet unsupervised somewhere they can escape, like the backyard.

2). Contain your pets for the duration of the fireworks. An inner room that is least impacted by the noise is ideal. It should be a room that you can close off to prevent your pet from running about the house and injuring itself, wrecking furniture, etc.

3). Microchip your pet! If your pet already has a microchip, make sure the information is up-to-date.

4). Half an hour to an hour before the fireworks are due to be set off, place your pet into the “safe” room.

5). Purchase a ThunderShirt for your pet it can reduce anxiety considerably in your pet.

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