HOUSTON, TX– July 4th is an exciting time that brings friends, family and even pets together for celebrations and festivities. Although pets are an important part of the family, pet owners must take important precautions to keep their pets safe during the holiday.
BARC provides this information in part to prevent the completely avoidable loss of a family pet. Too many animals arrive at BARC with obvious signs that they are a member of a loving pack, but do not have any identifying information such as collar with tags or a microchip. July 4th can be a great experience for the entire family if you follow the tips below:
Make sure your pets wear well-fitted collars and securely attached City License ID tags. Having pets currently licensed, microchipped, and wearing tags will ensure a quick ticket home. Make sure your veterinarian and microchip monitoring service have accurate contact information so they may reach you in the event your pet becomes lost.
Do not take pets to events with fireworks or leave pets outside, even in a fenced yard, when fireworks may be set off. Holiday fireworks and other fanfare are often frightful experiences for dogs. Even a back-firing car or shot in the woods can be enough to incite a dog to run away, so avoid taking any chances. Additionally, the loud noises can cause pain for their sensitive ears.
Find a quiet, secure place indoors for pets during July 4th guest visits or if fireworks are set off nearby.Darkening the room can help. Crating is also a good idea: place the crate in the quietest part of the home. Make sure safe chew toys are available in crates to occupy and distract the pet. Close the curtains and turn up the radio, CD player or TV to drown out noise.
Veterinarians can prescribe tranquilizers for frightened dogs. If you know that your pet is subject to anxiety, make an appointment and have medication on hand. Frightened dogs have different reactions: some tremble at their owner’s feet, others retreat to a hiding place, some try to run away (traveling for miles), and others display bizarre behavior.
If you are going out of town for the holidays, entrust the care and feeding of pets to an adult friend or a boarding kennel you know very well.
If your pet escapes, please visit the BARC website or come in person to look for your lost pet. BARC is located at 3200 Carr St. Houston, TX 77026.
Do not feed party food to your pets. Though pet owners may be tempted to share “people food” with their four-legged friends during July 4th festivities, many human foods can be dangerous or even deadly for dogs, cats and other types of pets. Click here to see APSCA’s list of foods that can be toxic for animals.
Be sure to provide plenty of cool water and shade for your pet outdoors. Summer temperatures can cause pets to dehydrate or overheat without plenty of water and shade. Pets, covered in fur, cannot regulate heat like humans and must be watched carefully in hot weather. Their paws are also susceptible to heat, so be sure to keep pets off of hot asphalt, concrete or sand.
Though the Fourth of July is an exciting time to celebrate with friends and family, it is important to take all safety precautions when it comes to taking care of pets. Please contact BARC at (713) 229-7300 with any questions pertaining to pets and safety during the July 4th holiday.
The simplest, but most powerful thing you can do to help BARC, and pets throughout our community, is to talk to your friends, neighbors, and family about caring for pets responsibly. To donate to BARC online via the Houston BARC Foundation, click here.
We encourage everyone to visit BARC online at www.houstonbarc.com.
Houston, TX 77026