Tips to prep your pet for the Fourth of July fireworks

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor, Digital Editor
Published On: Jul 04 2014 05:40:43 PM HST
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The loud noises and bright lights from the Fourth of July fireworks can be exciting for people, but scary for their pets.

The Hawaiian Humane Society has issued some tips to help pet owners prepare for the celebration.

“Keeping your animals indoors will keep them safe. More importantly, people should have their pets microchipped and keep their current contact information on file with the Humane Society in the event of a lost pet,” said Maria Glidden, Hawaiian Humane Society Communications and Events Manager.

The humane society encourages the following precautions:

  • Ensure that your pets have identification. If your pet doesn’t have identification or you don’t file a lost report with the Humane Society, there is a chance your pet will be adopted into a new home.
    • Animals found running at-large should be taken to the humane society’s 24-hour animal admissions, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners. The Humane Society runs the database for Oahu pet microchip information. Call your veterinarian to microchip your pet. All through July the Hawaiian Humane Society has partnered up with vet clinics around the island. These clinics are waiving the cost of the doctor’s visit and are only charging $10 to microchip your pet. Go to HawaiianHumane.org for a list of all participating clinics.
    • Call the Humane Society at 356-2228 immediately if your pet is lost and file a lost report. Having current photos of your pet is also helpful. For dogs, a license is proof of ownership and should be attached to his collar.
  • Keep your companion animal in a safe place indoors. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you’ve removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed on. Leave a radio or television on at normal volume to provide him or her with some companionship while you’re attending the picnics and parades. If you can’t keep your pet indoors, consider keeping him in an enclosed garage.
  • If possible, do not leave pets outside and unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. Animals may panic, escape and get lost, or get injured by becoming entangled in their chain.
  • If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before the holiday for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays. Do not give your pets tranquilizers without consulting a vet.
  • Resist taking your pet to fireworks displays. Most animals don’t enjoy the holiday’s noisy spectacles.

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