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The Fourth May Not be Your Pet’s Favorite Holiday

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Your dog or cat may not like the Fourth of July as much as you do. In fact, for many, it can be terrifying.
Pet Amber Alert, an organization that helps owners recover lost pets, says there’s a 30-60 percent increase in lost pets in the U.S. on July 4th, and it’s well known that July 5th is one of the busiest days at animal shelters.
According to the Huffington Post, Fireworks and other loud noises can spook animals and cause them to run away, and big parties with lots of people going in and out can mean it’s easier for cats and dogs to get loose. That’s why multiple animal shelters around the country say July 4 and 5 are some of their busiest days of the year as they take in lots of found animals and deal with panicked owners searching for lost pets.  
 Pet Smart puts it this way:
  • Your Perspective: You head to the park for the local fireworks show. Since it’s outdoors and the weather is right, why leave your pooch at home?
  • Their Perspective: The crowd ooh’s and ahh’s after every explosion, but your pet only hears loud, threatening noises. The flashes and burning smell of pyrotechnics add fear and panic.
  • Signs of Distress: Pets have keen hearing that make them more sensitive to the sounds of fireworks. Typical stress signals include heavy panting, trembling, hiding, and drooling.

Consider keeping your pet company when there are fireworks (or thunder) are in the air, perhaps even making or buying your dog a thunder shirt.


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