Keeping Your Pets Safe During Fireworks and What to do With Lost and Found Pets
Fireworks on the Fourth of July can be a lot of fun for us but it is a nightmare for our pets. The noise and excitement of the holiday can stress your pets out. All of the popping noises, light flashes and smells make many pets run away from home because they are trying to get away from all of the commotion. Keep your pets safe with these tips.
Here are tips to keep your pet safe on the Fourth of July and what to do if they become lost.
- Identification: Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags. It is easier for someone to find you than it is for you to find your dog. Microchip your pets. The animal shelter will put a microchip in your dog or cat for just $20.
- Leave pets at home: Anywhere fireworks will be set off is not a place for your pet. Do not put your pooch in the car before the fireworks start or at any time during the heat of year. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air. If the temperature outside is above 70 degrees, the temperature inside a car can reach 102 degrees or hotter within less than 10 minutes.
- Put them inside: Give them a quiet place to go. I leave the radio on for my dogs every day so they get used to it. Then it is nothing out of their normal routine and can provide a buffer for the loud noises outside.
- Calming techniques: If your pet is an anxious type, you may want to try a few calming tricks. Thundershirts are available for cats and dogs of all sizes. If your pet is afraid of thunder storms, the fireworks will scare them so plan ahead. Talk to your vet about possibly using medicine to help relax your pet.
What to do if your pet is missing:
- Check the animal shelter daily. You should physically go to the shelter and look for your pet. Do not call and depend on the staff to search through 250 animals looking for a pet that they do not know. Here are the phone numbers to report lost animals:
- City of Texarkana, Texas Animal Control 903-798-3971
- City of Texarkana, Ark., Animal Shelter 870-773-6388
- Texarkana Gazette 903-794-3311 (small $10 fee to run an ad with a pic or just a line ad in the classifieds is very inexpensive)
- Post photos of your lost pet on the various lost and found pages on Facebook.
- Post flyers around with a photos and a number you can be reached. Be sure to put a date on the flyer.
- Contact vet clinics and boarding facilities – ask to leave flyers with photos
- Check with local animal rescues:
- Ark-La-Tex Animal Rescue
- Passion for Pooches
- Texarkana Animal League
- Texarkana Humane Society
- Jeff Tarpley Rescue
- Stray Cat Alliance
- Bobby Cats TNR Advocates
- The Kitties Pad Rescue
- Toby’s Tales Wildlife Rescue
- Breed Specific Rescues: