From a Seattle Humane Press Release.
Seattle Humane's pet safety tips for Independence Day
Make this Independence Day fun and SAFE for you and your pets!
Big gatherings, loud noises, and brilliant fireworks are part of the celebration – but it can be frightening for our pets. With planning and precaution, you can ensure this holiday is enjoyable for everyone.
Pet Safety Tips for Independence Day:
- KEEP PETS INDOORS
Keep your pets in a safe, enclosed room, with closed windows. If you’re having guests over, consider keeping pets in a room that’s off limits with plenty of water and food.
- CREATE A CALMING ENVIRONMENT
Surround pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Sometimes the smell of an article of your clothing from your laundry can help comfort them. Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows and blinds.
- KEEP AWAY FROM FIREWORKS
Even if your pet doesn’t seem obviously upset by fireworks, they can still cause harm. Avoid potential burns, injuries or possible ingestion by keeping all pets away from fireworks.
- EXERCISE YOUR PET
Give your pet plenty of exercise in the morning and throughout the day. This will calm your pets and help them relax with the stress of loud noises around them.
Join us at Bellevue's Four on the Fourth 4k Dog Jog & Walk! The fun starts at 9:00 am on Thursday, July 4th, at Ashwood Park in Downtown Bellevue to benefit Seattle Humane. Funds raised at this event support adoptions, a pet food bank and our education programs at Seattle Humane. Click here to learn more and register today!
- UPDATE IDENTIFICATION
The biggest risk of all during this holiday is that pets will get loose and become lost. Even if a pet is secured inside, the sound of fireworks can cause extreme panic – sometimes causing them to even break through glass windows. Make sure your pets are microchipped and wearing identification tags. Call to confirm your pet’s veterinarian and the microchip company has your current address and phone numbers.
Seattle Humane offers microchipping services for qualified income pet owners. Click here to learn more.
ABOUT Seattle Humane
Founded in 1897, Seattle Humane proudly promotes the human-animal bond by saving and serving pets in need. We provide adoption services 7 days a week, plus pet workshops and training, a pet food bank, a low-fee spay/neuter surgery program, humane teen club, a visiting pets program and more. Seattle Humane is located in Bellevue, at 13212 SE Eastgate Way. For directions and more information, visit www.seattlehumane.org or call (425) 641-0080.
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