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Humane Society provides pet safety tips during fireworks

Doreen Poreba
June 15, 2016

While fireworks can bring smiles to the faces of people celebrating the 4th of July, the sights, sounds and smell can strike fear in the hearts of some pets. The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) sees an increased number of animals at the shelter following this holiday because they often stray from the noise, bright lights and smell of sulfur from fireworks. The HSTC offers the following guidelines to ensure pets are comfortable during this time.

  • Leave pets at home and indoors if possible. Close all doors and windows, and play background music to muffle the sound of fireworks. Close curtains and blinds to block the flashing lights.

  • If pets must come along, keep them on a leash or in a crate. Make sure they have proper ID tags with current information in case they get away. Keep them away from matches, open fires and fireworks. Do not let pets eat or sniff fireworks, especially since pet hair can easily catch fire.

  • Try to distract pets at home with toys and games or get them to play with another pet.

  • Before the fireworks begin, be sure the pet has eliminated. Many animals are too frightened to go once the fireworks begin, which could lead to accidents later on.

  • If there is time, desensitization techniques, such as playing a CD with sirens, thunder or trains, may help pets get used to uncomfortable sounds.

  • For pets with noise phobias, talk to a veterinarian about suitable medical options.

    For more information about keeping pets safe from fireworks, contact the HSTC at (772) 223-8822.

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