As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day this weekend, the loud, booming sounds of fireworks can trigger a lot of anxiety and stress in pets, and even cause them to run away and become lost. The Houston SPCA wants pet owners to avoid this tragedy with several reminders.
- Headed to an outdoor fireworks display? Keep your pets inside at home. If you are having a party at home with friends and family, make sure someone is always aware of your pet’s location. If your pet is nervous, consider putting him or her in a kennel or quiet room. If you plan on watching a fireworks display at an outdoor venue or event, keep your pet safely inside at home.
- Check your pet’s microchip and ID tag for updated information. Now is the perfect time to make sure your pet’s microchip and ID tag have accurate information. Be sure you include your current phone number.
- Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets and have plenty of fresh drinking water available. Even a small amount of alcohol can be dangerous to your pet. If you suspect that your pet has ingested alcohol, call your veterinarian immediately.
- Keep all flammable objects away from your pets. Be mindful of your pets when around open flames or heat sources, including fire pits and sparklers.
- Keep your pets distracted during the fireworks. The best way to help your pets get through a night of fireworks is to distract them. Turn your television or radio on low to help drown out any firework noise, and offer treats to help keep them busy.
The Adoption Center will host an Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 3 with free treats for kids and live Wildlife and Barn Chats. More information here.
Pet adoptions are open daily Monday through Thursday from Noon to 7 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Masks are required to enter the Adoption Center and social distancing is encouraged.