4th of July fireworks & keeping your pets safe

More pets go missing around the 4th of July than any other time of the year. While holiday parties, backyard BBQs, the noise and lights of the fireworks are fun and exciting for most, they are often very stressful and overwhelming for our pets.

Follow these simple tips to ensure you and your pets have a safe and fun 4th of July:

• Stay Inside – Keep pets indoors away from all of the action. This will ensure they can’t run off when spooked by fireworks or become too overwhelmed by any holiday festivities.

• Make Them Feel Safe – Comfort pets by petting, talking to them or offering treats. Be sure they have access to a quiet place they consider safe such as a crate, bedroom, or bathroom.

• Avoid the Noise – To minimize the noise of fireworks, turn on the TV or stereo and be sure to close doors and windows.

• ID Your Pet – It’s very important for your pet to be wearing some form of identification; make sure they have a collar and tag with a current phone number and/or address. If your pet is microchipped, please make sure the chip is registered and your contact information is up to date.

For additional information please contact Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control at 561-233-1200, ext. 0, or visit www.pbcgov.com/animal.

Additional Talking Points:

Prevention & Planning is Key!
• Leave your pets at home should you decide to go out for the holiday
• Make sure they have current identification on them
• Keep your dogs on a leash or indoors
• Keep in mind, fireworks displays often take place in the days leading up to the 4th of July and for several days afterwards.
• Talk to your veterinarian for recommendations regarding natural calming agents for anxious pets.

Where to find your pet should they get lost:
• File an online lost report on our website, www.pbcgov.com/snap
• Monitor the “Found Pets” listing of our website daily and make a trip to the shelter
• Submit lost pet ad in local newspapers
• Power of social media – most communities have their own Lost and Found Pets page on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
• The NextDoor app for your smartphone is a great way to connect with neighbors and spread the word that your pet is lost.

Livestock
• Keep noise level to a minimum near pastures and barn; keep identification on halter or somewhere on the animal
• Ensure they have a safe place to take shelter if needed

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