July Fourth: Pet owners need to protect animals

Posted June 30th, 2014 by administrator

July Fourth: Pet owners need to protect animals
News from The Oregonian:

With July Fourth around the corner, pet owners need to take care.

The high-pitched swoosh of rockets or crackle of fireworks can put pets into a panic, causing them to bolt through screen doors, jump out of windows or leap fences in an effort to escape.

Some end up at Portland area shelters which have their hands this time of year grappling with lost dogs and cats and anxious owners looking for their animals. To avoid that, the Oregon Humane Society suggests keeping pets inside as much as possible. The nonprofit asked the public to hold on to stray animals until local shelter staff can pick them up.

Here are some tips for keeping animals safe:

  • Make sure all pets, even indoor-only cats, are wearing a collar with an identification tag that includes your name and telephone number. A microchip is also a good idea.
  • Walk dogs in the early evening before local residents start shooting off fireworks.
  • During neighborhood displays, keep all pets inside. Agitated dogs and cats should be put in a bathroom, basement or room with no windows and a secure door.
  • Veterinarians also can prescribe tranquilizers for animals that become anguished.

If an animal vanishes, the society suggested that owners:

  • Immediately check with your local animal control agency. Put up fliers with a photo and detailed descrip…………… continues on The Oregonian

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How to help your pet get through the Fourth of July
News from The Plain Dealer:

AVON LAKE, Ohio — If your dog is like mine, the Fourth of July is his least favorite day of the year.

A 100-pound Siberian husky, Kodiak looks pretty intimidating. But the sound of fireworks terrifies him and lots of other pets. 

Cats also may be frightened by the sound of fireworks. 

Here’s some advice from experts about what you can do to help your animal companion get through the Fourth of July with the least amount of stress.

1. Frank Krupka, a veterinarian at the Avon Lake Animal Clinic on Miller Road, says the best thing that pet owners can do is to head off the anxiety that fireworks trigger in some animals instead of waiting until the pet already is keyed up. “At that point,” he said, “you’ve missed the boat” and can only try to calm the animal. “It’s all about anticipation.”

2. Krupka said that preparation could include everything from prescription medicine, to ThunderShirts, over-the-counter herbal remedies and pheromone aromatherapy. He notes that animals get some warning that thunderstorms are coming because of changes in barometric pressure, but the sound of fireworks is completely unexpected.

3. He said a prescrip…………… continues on The Plain Dealer

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