Help Your Pets Keep Their Cool During Fourth of July Firework Celebrations

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Independence Day is around the corner, and while many of us will celebrate with good food, friends, and fireworks, the Humane Society of the United States suggests pet owners keep dogs, cats, and other pets safe during July 4th celebrations.

The loud noises and bright lights from fireworks can frighten many pets especially dogs. Here are some steps you can take for keeping pets safe during loud festivities.

1. Keep your pet safely away from fireworks.

It's best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to soften jarring noises. Even pets who are usually kept outdoors should be brought inside.

2. If your pet is scared by fireworks, ask a veterinarian for help. 

There are medications and techniques that might help alleviate your pet's fear and anxiety.

3. Safeguard your pet with a collar and ID tag

All pets, even those kept indoors full-time, should always wear collars with ID tags. Indoor-only pets can become so frightened during fireworks displays they may take desperate measures to escape the noise. You should also ensure your pet is microchipped and the chip is properly registered with your current contact information.

The next free microchipping event will take place on Thursday, July 1 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Animal Care Services, 2626 Holly Rd.