4th of July Pet Safety!
The Fourth of July is right around the corner. It’s time to get together with friends and family, have a BBQ, and see one of the many fireworks displays available in the Raleigh / Durham area. Whether you’re setting up at Brier Creek, the DBAP, or any of the other venues in town, you’ll be guaranteed a good show!
Before you head off in the car (or decide to make your own show in the backyard), take a moment to consider your pets. Dr. Hipp of Twilight Meadows Mobile Veterinary Service explains “Fireworks can be very stressful for dogs and cats, even those that may be calm during most other activities. With their acute hearing and a lack of understanding of what fireworks are, they can easily become panicked”.
We recommend that prior to any fireworks shows in your area, that you give your pets an opportunity to relieve themselves, then bring them in for a cozy stay indoors. Prepare an interior room in your home with blankets and toys, and remove anything that may be potentially hazardous to your pet, such as high decorations, sharp objects, etc. This will be their safe place for the next few hours. Also make sure that your pets have a collar on with your contact information, just in case they manage to slip out.
Once the show is over, it’s not quite time to let your pets out yet. If you have lit fireworks off in your yard, collect any casings or other firework debris before taking them out. Prior to going outside, make sure you have secured your pets with their leash – they could still be nervous and bolt through a door. Some pets have such severe anxiety that they may benefit from medical intervention. In cases of extreme anxiety, talk to your veterinarian about medication options for your pet.
Sometimes however, even the best plans to keep your pet safe can succumb to animal ingenuity. If your pet manages to escape the house, or get away from you while walking, here’s the contact info for the Wake County and Franklin County Animal Shelters. You can also check various Facebook groups dedicated to lost and found animals to help get your loved one back safely.
Wake County Animal Shelter -820 Beacon Lake Dr, Raleigh, NC 27610 (919) 212-7387
Franklin County Animal Shelter – 351 T Kemp Rd, Louisburg, NC 27549 (919) 496-3032