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(Photo: Fireworks over The city of Detroit: Home of Davinci and the Davinci Foundation for Animals)
July 4th is around the corner, and it is a Wonderful time to spend with family & friends, our four legged family member's included! We want Everyone to be safe and happy during the celebrations which often are accompanied by fireworks.Fireworks can upset pets as a result of the noise, smell of sulfur, and flashing lights. We want to insure that all animals remain safe and cared for, As July 4th is one of the most known days pets can panic and go missing. Know when fireworks will be happening and how they'll impact your home. Contact your local municipality to find out when your area is likely to have fireworks displays. Mark the dates on a calendar so that you can keep track of when to ensure your pets are safe. If you know or suspect that the fireworks will be heard at your house, take the precautions outlined in the following steps to care for pets, comfort, and Most of all Keep our pets Safe in their homes.
Check that your pets' ID tags and microchips are in date;
◦ mark the calendar when renewal payments are due and be sure to make the payments. If your pet does go running off during fireworks events, it's much easier to be able to identify your Pet with these features.
~Special note:Consider a PET Hub Tag, in conjunction with microchips, anyone can scan your pets tag 24 hrs a day and you will know the location of your pet IMMEDIATELY, when scanned. Over 97% of pets wearing a PETHUB tag are returned home in less then 24 hrs from the time they go missing. you can order one of these tags from the DFA D-Shop on line or PetHub.com
~ if possible Use all year before the firework season, and after the event to make your pet feel comfortable.
Step 3 : Prepare the house.
The house Is your pets' safety zone, so it's important to prepare it properly.
Prepare the room. Select a suitable room where you can contain your pets for the duration of the fireworks. An inner room that is least impacted by the noise is ideal. It should be a room that you can close off to prevent your pet from running about the house and injuring themselves or their surroundings. If you have more than one pet, be sure they don't mind being confined in the same room, or select several rooms for different pets. For example, dogs and cats will usually appreciate being kept separate.
Prepare yourself. In the desire to ease our pet's pain, sometimes we can transfer some of our anxiety and upset our pets. If you've prepared properly in advance, there is no need to feel upset and worried as you can be reassured about the safety of your pet.
Confinement equals comfort in these situations Half an hour to an hour before the fireworks are due to be set off, place your pet into the chosen room. If you're concerned about not being able to locate your pet (for example, cats aren't always easy to find), consider finding your pet several hours earlier. Mealtime is a good time to round up every pet, provided time falls before the fireworks are set off. If your dog needs a walk, be sure to walk him/her before confining them.
Provide food and hydration. Be sure to leave sufficient water and food for your pet in the confinement space. Many pets will be uneasy, or even frantic. If your pet has access to water, it will help calm them, and food supplied in your pet's regular portion will make him feel like it's a normal day.
Keep an eye on your pet, and if possible, stay with them.
◦Comfort her and talk to them. Be attentive, but don't fuss over them "too much"; this can increase their anxiety if she picks up on yours and can reward and encourage fearful behavior. If it's not possible to stay with your pet/s, (perhaps because you're out or busy (you may be at the fireworks display, don't worry - the previous steps should ensure that your pet has been adequately cared for.
Do a yard sweep before allowing your pets back outside.
◦ Collect any sparklers, firecrackers, etc., as well as party items and broken objects. This will prevent your pet from being injured by unfamiliar objects.Anything that may appear suspicious including unfamiliar toys and object are best to remove to keep your pets Happy, Healthy and SAFE.
WISHING A HAPPY AND SAFE JULY 4th HOLIDAY TO EVERYONE! FROM THE DAVINCI FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS!
The Heart Of Detroit Segment Featuring The DaVinci Foundation w/Mitch Albom on News Channel 4