How to keep pets safe during July Fourth festivities

How to keep pets safe during July Fourth festivities

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Erica Marie-Louise Barry

Don't let your beloved pet become another Fourth of July runaway!

The bright lights and explosions that make the Fourth of July so much fun for us can be terrifying for pets. Often, a dog's first instinct is to run.

This is why the Fourth of July is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters taking in runaway pets.

Suzy Tam, Communications Coordinator from the Hawaiian Humane Society, confirms this trend: "Holidays like the Fourth of July or New Year's Eve where there are fireworks we get an uptick of stray animals, and we really want to reunite them with their owners."

Luckily, there are a few easy things you can do to make sure your pets stay safe tomorrow:

  1. Keep your pets indoors if possible, and do not leave pets outside unattended.
  2. Ensure that all of your pets have identification (microchip, pet ID, etc.)
  3. Resist taking your pet to fireworks displays.
  4. Be aware of other dangers such as cookout scraps and excessive heat that may harm your pet.
  5. If your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises, consult with your veterinarian before the holiday.

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