HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The loud noises and bright lights that make the Fourth of July so exciting for people, make it stressful for pets.
"Fireworks noise and lights can be scary for animals," says Christina Kam, Hawaiian Humane Society communications and events manager. "Keep your animals indoors to keep them safe. More importantly, people should have their pets microchipped and keep their current contact information on file with the Humane Society and pets should have a collar with an ID tag."
During the Independence Day celebrations, the Humane Society encourages pet owners to ensure that your pets have identification, to keep them in a safe place indoors, and if possible, do not leave pets outside and unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. Animals may panic, escape and get lost, or get injured by becoming entangled in their chain.
If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before the holiday for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays. Do not give your pets tranquilizers without consulting a vet.
Also, resist taking your pet to fireworks displays. Most animals don't enjoy the holiday's noisy spectacles.
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