4th of July Pet Safety Tips
The 4th of July in Huntington Beach is no joke. The firework celebrations often begin at the end of June and last through mid July. During this time our local animal shelters fill up with lost and scared pets. Here are some safety tips from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation to help keep your beloved pets safe (and not scared) this year:
- Make sure your pets – cats and dogs alike – have identification tags with up-to-date information.
- If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up-to-date.
- Take a current photo of all of your cats, dogs and horses – just in case
- Make sure the environment is safe and secure. If your neighbors set off fireworks at an unexpected time, is your yard secure enough to keep your pet contained?
- Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
- Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
- If you’re hosting guests, ask them to help keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t escape. Placing notes on exit doors and gates can help both you and your guests remain vigilant.
- Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
- Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from curious pets.
Last, in the event your pet does go missing, make sure to visit your local shelters ASAP. The Orange County Animal shelter posts photos of pets that are found, you can find these photos on their website here.
Have a happy and safe 4th everyone!