4th of July pet safety Tips

Press Release

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 
    be stolen.

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.

Source: Lee County Humane Society