Pet Panic on the Fourth

by Danielle Cotterman on June 29, 2011 at 10:38 am

Fourth of July celebrations may be fun for everyone…except your pet.

Animal Shelters throughout the country are accustom to receiving, what they call ‘July Fourth Dogs’ these are dogs who run off and become lost during firework celebrations. Executive Director Larry Hostetler of the Muskingum County Animal Shelter said loud noises on the Fourth of July can be a very traumatic time for pets and he advises to leave all pets at home.

"You never know when something is going to startle them," said Hostetler. "And they are going to bolt and run off and are going to be missing."

Hostetler said, if you choose to bring your pet along be sure they have a secure collar on and a clear identification tag. Thunderstorms are often a good indicator to how your pet will react.

"We had a horrible storm come through last night and I have two dogs that have to be sedated during storms and fireworks so usually if they are going to react to storms, they are most likely going to react to fireworks as well," said Hostetler.

If you know your pet has severe anxiety consult your veterinarian about calming products and medication options.