Safe family fun on the Fourth of July means remembering the safety of pets, too, especially when it comes to noisy fireworks displays.
"Owners need to use common sense when letting their pet join in the festivities," Lorraine Corriveau, wellness veterinarian at Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine, said in a prepared statement.
"Some dogs love to chase those spinning and swirling objects on the ground. Others are traumatized by loud noises. Owners can help with tricks that can be as simple as putting cotton in their pet's ears to muffle the sound," Corriveau said.
Other steps pet owners can take over the holiday include:
- Don't leave pets alone outdoors, even if tethered or in a fenced yard.
- Remove sharp objects from enclosures.
- Turn on the radio or TV for distraction.
- Don't take pets to fireworks shows.
- Don't leave pets unattended in cars.
- If pets must be outside, keep them on a leash or in carriers.
- Protect pets from children who are using fireworks.
- Use sedation on horses and some dogs if necessary; your veterinarian can advise you about giving a pet a mild sedative or tranquilizer to calm fears of an extremely stressed animal.
- Pick up leftover sparklers and other sharp objects after the festivities. – (HealthDay)
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