The Fourth of July is right around the corner! While this is an exciting and fun time for people, we want to make sure our pets are safe and can enjoy the holiday, too! Did you know that the loud noises and flashing lights typically involved in the Fourth of July could frighten pets and cause abnormal behavior, resulting in broken leashes, jumping fences, running away, and even biting?
Here are some pet safety tips to help you and your pet get the most out of the Fourth.
Keep your pet away from the noise in someplace quiet, sheltered, and escape-proof during fireworks or other loud noises.
Make sure your pet has a collar and ID tag to ensure they can return home if they get separated from you.
Never use fireworks around your pets.
Keep lighter fluid and matches away from pets.
Do not put glow jewelry on pets or allow them to play with this.
Do not leave alcoholic beverages unattended where pets can get them.
Above all, do not take your pets to any festivities, including fireworks, concerts, etc.!
Use these tips in addition to your best judgment to ensure a fun and safe Fourth of July for humans and pets alike!
Calhoun County Canine Shelter is a small shelter that began for animal control about 20 yrs ago, as the county had no such program. The program has steadily grown to a small shelter that houses 5 or so dogs at a time. We have gotten several grants and done a few fundraisers and now have indoor/outdoor runs in a dedicated building and even have heated floors! The dogs can go outside as they choose or can stay indoors.
We started working with our local Correctional Facility about 10 years ago and used men who were trained by Leader Dogs for the Blind. When they didn’t have a leader dog they worked with shelter dogs! That not only helped with their skills in dog training but got our adoptable dogs trained and helped them make a better transition into a forever home! We have had many wonderful families and dogs come together this way! Now the Leader Dog program is no longer there and we are able to have about 5 dogs housed out there at one time for training. The dogs are able to stay with their handler until adopted. The men also gain from this program and have learned to give back to society and take great pride in the dogs they put out into families.
Sure, there's a day for everything now, but sometimes the point is to remind us about something we need to do... like be sure we have a p
lan in case the unexpected happens (think Fort McMurray).
It's not possible to anticipate every scenario, but there are some basics we can do to make dealing with a crisis easier on everyone. Create a "go bag" for each pet (or one large bag for multiple pets) to store important items so you don't have to collect them from all over the house in a rush.
Don't leave home without collars on your pets, and make sure their collars have your current contact information and their tags attached. Be sure your microchip information is current, too! People forget this more often than you'd think.
Have current photos of your pets on your phone - and also printed out! Try to have photos from a number of angles to capture unique markings and physical traits. Include at least one photo of the pet with family members to make it easier to prove ownership should you become separated.
Keep a copy of pets' health records - particularly vaccination documentation. Also note the vet's contact information in case you're separated.
Make copies of any prescriptions your pets need so if you have to leave home without them, you can get more.
Extra leashes and collars can come in handy and are easy to forget when you're racing to the car. If they're already in the bag, it won't matter.
For kitties, a kennel is absolutely necessary. A scared uncontained cat can easily slip away and become lost.
For dogs, if you have a collapsible crate, keep it nearby. If you end up in a large facility like a school or church, your pet might be more comfortable with their own space.
For your kitty, keep a small jug or box of their favorite litter. An empty cardboard box can stand-in as a litter pan if necessary. A few plastic grocery bags and a scoop will make life more comfortable for everyone.
Keep jugs of water on hand (for you and for them!) for up to 5 days.
Food, bowls, a can opener. Let's face it - we're not likely to keep filling and replacing plastic bags of food for emergency situations. Consider purchasing a small size bag (5 days' worth) of your pet's food to keep on hand just in case. Even quality foods without artificial preservatives have a shelf life of a year or more.
Pet first aid kits are available at many pet supply stores. You can bookmark websites that tell you how to treat minor ailments, but it would be wise to have a paper guide, as well, since you may not have access to the internet, or loss of phone battery.
Know your options. During a crisis, the friends and family you'd normally turn to for a place to stay may be experiencing similar challenges, so have a Plan B (and C and D if necessary).
Check ahead of time to see if your local shelter takes in animals during disasters. If they do, find out how pets are accepted and what information will be expected.
Know what hotels and motels in communities adjacent to yours accept pets, and what their rules are.
Make arrangements with friends who live an hour or two away to act as safe havens for each other should either area be under threat.