With the holiday approaching, we want to remind our followers that pets and fireworks don't mix. Pets who have never wandered off before can bolt out of fear from the loud noises that they make. Never assume that just because you aren't setting off fireworks that someone else in your area isn't and never assume that fireworks only happen on a holiday. Many people start setting off fireworks days before the holiday weekend and continue for several days after.
Holidays with fireworks create some of the the busiest times of the year for lost and found pet sites. Taking a few extra safety precautions now can keep help keep your pet safe and can help keep them from becoming a statistic.
Here are a few things you can do to protect your pet and keep them safe over the holiday weekend:
Make sure your pet is microchipped and that the chip information on file is up to date with your current contact information. Chips are very inexpensive now days and can often times get a pet home very quickly in the event they do become lost.
Make sure your pet has a collar with tags on at all times and make sure that the information on the tag is current and legible. Make sure that the tag is still tightly secured to the collar and that the collar is snug without being too tight.
It's always best to keep your pet indoors during fireworks when possible. Place them in a quiet, interior room in your home and turn on a TV or radio on to drown out the sounds of fireworks.
If your pet must be outdoors, make sure they are on a leash and supervised at all times. Never assume that because your yard is fenced that your pet can't or won't try to escape. Dogs can climb over or dig under fences when frightened or they may simply walk through an unlatched gate left open by one of your guest.
If you are having friends or family over, use baby gates inside to secure doors that will be used by guest. Talk to your guest and small children about the importance of keeping doors and gates closed at all times.
In the event that the unthinkable happens, don't panic. We will be here to help you get the word out. We will also be providing tips on our site to help you in your search.
We hope that by providing these tips we can help keep more pets safe this holiday season. Please share them with friends and family who have pets but may not know the dangers that fireworks pose.