We here at Zooh Corner wish everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July! But please be mindful of how your pets, especially rabbits, are easily frightened by loud, unexpected noises like fireworks. According to the Marin Humane Society, animal shelters across the country experience an increased number of lost animals after fireworks displays. Here are some helpful tips that they have posted to keep your pets safe and happy during festivities:
Keep your pets indoors during fireworks displays. A quiet, sheltered “den-like” retreat is best. Close windows and curtains and turn on the TV or radio to help drown out some of the noise. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure to remove any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful if chewed.
Make sure your pets are wearing current identification and tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned to you promptly.
Never take your dog to a fireworks display. It’s usually hot. There are always large crowds. And the dogs really don’t enjoy it.
Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a tether. Pets who normally wouldn’t try to leave the yard may panic and try to escape. Dogs may become entangled in their tethers or hang themselves if they try to leap over a fence. To avoid injury, keep your pets indoors.