The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is reminding people that what makes Independence Day festivities fun for people can be terrifying for animals. Dogs will howl, pace, jump fences and run long distances out of fear of the loud sounds. Some dogs become so fearful and anxious over fireworks that they can get hurt or lost. Each year the day after the Fourth of July holiday, the HHSA and Pima Animal Care Center receive an increase of lost dogs and cats.
Here are a few tips to help keep them safe:
• Keep your pet indoors! For pets with extreme sensitivity, create a den-like environment such as a crate, room or walk-in closet free of windows.
• If at all possible, remain home with your pet to provide comfort and security.
• Turn on a TV or radio to provide soothing sounds that will distract your pet from outside noises.
• Spray some pet-friendly aromatherapy to calm your pet’s nerves.
• Invest in a Thundershirt, used to treat anxiety in pets.
• Pets that are extremely sensitive to noise may benefit from the use of veterinarian-prescribed sedatives.
• Be sure to keep a well-fitted collar and identification on your pet.
• Have your pet microchipped (Microchipping is available at the HSSA for $25).
If your pet becomes lost, immediately call the HSSA’s Lost & Found Department at 327-6088, ext. 111, and the county shelter, Pima Animal Care Center, at 243-5900 to file a lost report and get information on conducting an effective search. Visit found-pets.org and be sure to visit each facility at least every other day to look for your animal in person.