Fear of Fireworks?
Protect Your Pet!
Celebrating our Independence Day on the 4th of July is a lot of fun for kids and adults
alike. Unfortunately, a lot of animals, especially dogs, are terrified by the noise of
fireworks. And because their hearing is much more sensitive than ours, dogs and cats
can hear fireworks from further away than we can.
Every year, more lost animals are brought into animal shelters around the 4th of July than any other time of year.
This is because the frightened animals dig or jump out of yards, or pull away from owners,
trying to run away from the sound.
How can you protect your pet during this season?
Here are some suggestions:
Microchip your pet or get a GPS collar.
This greatly increases the chance that a lost pet will be returned to you.
Keep your pet inside the house.
It’s harder to escape from inside a house than from a yard.
Close the windows.
This reduces the noise from outside and prevents animals from jumping out windows.
Turn on a soothing sound inside the house.
Drown out the sound of fireworks with soft music or a quiet movie or TV program (not music with loud base or movies with loud sounds).
Have someone stay home with your pet.
It’s usually more frightening to be alone. Having a calm human can help a pet feel safer.
Don’t get upset about your pet’s reaction to the noise. Your pet will pick up on it and will likely get more upset.
Calm your pet.
Stay calm and if your pet isn’t hiding, hug and pet your animal and talk soothingly. You can also use pet anxiety wraps that you can buy at most pet stores, or wrap your pet snuggly in a towel, t-shirt, bandage, etc. There are lots of examples of how to do this if you search “dog anxiety wrap” on YouTube.
Let your pet go someplace safe.
Some animals like to hide from fireworks. If that makes them feel more comfortable, let them do it, as long as it isn’t harmful to them. Often they’ll hide in a bathroom, behind a toilet or in a tub or sink.
Go someplace where there aren’t fireworks on July 4.
Taking your pet away from the noise altogether is the kindest thing to do, if you can.
Protect Your Pet Now--Microchip!
Have you done everything you can to ensure your pet’s return if your pet were lost or stolen?
Did you know more pets run away around the 4th of July than any other time, due to
fireworks? If your pet were stolen, can you prove the animal is yours?
Microchips protect your pet by providing a way to identify who owns the dog. Microchips
help shelters find an animal’s owner so the pet can be returned. They are also proof that
the dog belongs to you, should someone find or steal your pet.
How Do Microchips Work?
Microchips are tiny electronic chips wrapped in glass. They are about the size of a large
grain rice. An injector that looks like a large needle is used to implant the chip under your
pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades in dogs and cats. Each chip has a unique number associated with it, which is used to identify your pet. The only information the chip contains is the ID number. It does not contain any information about you or your pet.
To “read” the chip, you need a special tool called a chip scanner. Animal shelters and most veterinarians have scanners. The scanner is slowly moved over the animal’s body. If a chip is implanted, the scanner picks up the radio frequency from the chip and the chip’s ID number displays on the scanner. The vet or shelter then contacts the manufacturer of the chip to let them know the pet was found, and the manufacturer contacts the pet owner.
A microchip that isn’t registered is useless!
This last step is why it’s critical for the pet owner to register the microchip with the manufacturer. A microchip that hasn’t been registered is useless! The manufacturer cannot contact you to let you know that someone found your pet if they don’t have your contact information. And if you move, be sure to give the manufacturer your new contact information.
It’s also helpful to keep the microchip number and contact information for the chip manufacturer in a safe and handy location. That way, if your pet is lost or stolen, you can notify the chip manufacturer. They will need the chip’s ID number.
Does it Hurt to Implant a Microchip?
Most animals don’t react to implanting the chip. Some animals, however, are more sensitive about getting injections and might yelp or whine. While it can be disturbing to hear your pet yelp, keep in mind how much more disturbing it would be to lose your pet and never see them again!
There will often be a little bleeding at the injection site. That is normal. Once it is implanted, there are no negative side-effects from the chip.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association:
“A study of more than 7,700 stray animals at animal shelters showed that dogs without microchips were returned to their owners 21.9% of the time, whereas microchipped dogs were returned to their owners 52.2% of the time. Cats without microchips were reunited with their owners only 1.8% of the time, whereas microchipped cats went back home 38.5% of the time….For microchipped animals that weren't returned to their owners, most of the time it was due to incorrect owner information (or no owner information) in the microchip registry database – so don't forget to register and keep your information updated.”
See https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/FAQs/Pages/Microchipping-of-animals-FAQ.aspx for more information about microchipping your pet.
Courtesy of Wikipedia.org