RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Fireworks can be thrilling for children – but frightening for pets – and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County is reminding pet owners to take care as the Fourth of July approaches.
Each year, in part because pets run away during the loud celebrations, animal shelters see a surge of animals on the days surrounding the Fourth of July.
Many dogs experience anxiety during thunderstorms and fireworks can cause similar distress. Consider staying home during fireworks if you know your pet is anxious during these times.
If you do leave the house, make sure your pet is secure indoors. Consider crating them and make sure doors and windows are locked. Keep a television or radio turned on for background noise. Also provide toys or activities to keep them distracted.
If hosting a party, it is easy for a pet to slip through the door as guests enter and exit the home. It may be safest for them to stay on a leash or in a separate area away from the party.
As a precaution, your pets should be microchipped and have identification tags in case they do get lost.
To give the public a chance to adopt this holiday, the SPCA of Wake County will be open Monday, July 4 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit www.spcawake.org for more information.