LEE COUNTY, AL - It is important to remember pets often become anxious and scared amidst traditional patriotic celebrations.
The following precautions will help make your holiday festivities four-legged friendly:
1. Do not take your pet to fireworks displays.
2. Do not leave your pet in the car. With only hot air to breathe inside a car, your pet can
suffer serious health effects-even death-in a few short minutes. Partially opened
windows do not provide sufficient air, but they do provide an opportunity for your pet to
3. Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals can become
destructive when frightened, so be sure that you've removed any items that your pet could
destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed. Leave a television or radio playing
at normal volume to keep him company while you're attending holiday celebrations.
4. If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with
your veterinarian before the holiday for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or
she will experience during fireworks displays.
5. Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear,
pets who normally wouldn't leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become
entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.
6. Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they
can be returned promptly.
7. If you plan to go away for the holiday weekend, take the proper steps to make sure your
pet is cared for and share these tips with their caregiver.
8. Pets often run away or escape during holiday activities. Remember to check with the Lee
County Humane Society if you have lost your pet.