Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Have a Safe and Happy 4th

Happy 4th of JulyI can't believe it is July already! Time seems to simply disappear, not just fly by.

Everyone at Pet Rescue wishes you a safe and happy 4th of July.

Please take a few moments to consider the dangers of fireworks. Obviously, they can harm children and, in these draught conditions, cause fires if they are set off near dry grass or brush. Fireworks can also injure your pets.

"Owners need to use common sense when letting their pet join in the festivities," Lorraine Corriveau, wellness veterinarian at Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine, said in a prepared statement. "Some dogs love to chase those spinning and swirling objects on the ground. Others are traumatized by loud noises. Owners can help with tricks that can be as simple as putting cotton in their pet's ears to muffle the sound," Corriveau said.

Other steps pet owners can take over the holiday include:

  • Don't leave pets alone outdoors, even if tethered or in a fenced yard.
    • Chained dogs can choke in their attempts to escape fireworks sounds.
    • Dogs can break out of supposedly secure yards under extreme stress.
  • Remove sharp objects from enclosures.
  • Turn on the radio or TV for distraction.
  • Don't take pets to fireworks shows.
    • Their ears are much more sensitive and can be permanently injured by the volume of the explosions.
  • Don't leave pets unattended in cars.
  • If pets must be outside, keep them on a leash or in carriers.
    • Be sure they have ID chips and/or tags if they break loose.
  • Protect pets from children who are using fireworks.
    • Simple sparklers can be up to 1800 degrees F.
  • Use sedation on pets if necessary; your veterinarian can advise you about giving a mild sedative or tranquilizer to calm fears of an extremely stressed animal.
  • Pick up leftover sparklers and other sharp objects after the festivities.