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SPCA LA offers pet safety tips for July 4th

Independence Day’s fireworks displays and parties are a blast for people, but pets can sometimes be startled by all the commotion of loud noises and visitors. Every 4th of July, shelters fill with lost and injured pets. Take these simple precautions to keep your pet happy and safe:

  • Microchip and ID Tags: Dogs and cats should be microchipped and wear current I.D. tags at all times. This is the best way towards a happy reunion if your pet goes missing.
  • Report lost pets: By law, you MUST report a lost pet to your local animal care services department. Please do this as anyone looking for a lost pet will certainly look there. You can also post lost pets on social media and neighborhood apps.
  • Keep pets indoors: Leave the family pet at home where they will be safe, secure, and less stressed. Loud noises from fireworks can cause a dog to jump a fence and run away from home or a cat to hide for days. Keeping your pets indoors will keep them out of danger.
  • Train your dog: Training your dog provides mental stimulation, reduces anxiety and enables you to manage your dog safely.
  • Keep your pets comfortable: Create a safe space for your pet in their crate (if crate-trained) or in a cool, well-ventilated room with soothing music playing softly in the background.
  • Prepare: Consult your vet for prescribed or over-the-counter calming solutions.
  • Refrain from restraint: Never tie-up your dog to keep them from escaping. The loud noises from the fireworks can frighten your pooch making them more likely to attempt to flee. Dogs can seriously injure themselves, or even die, trying to escape.
  • Education children: Teach them to not scare or tease pets with firecrackers or sparklers.

For more information, visit the SPCA LA website at spcala.com/pet-library/health-safety/july-4th/.

The article above was released by the Los Angeles chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA LA).