July 4 Pet Care Tips | Car Care

Make sure your pets are safe before you go out to have fun this weekend.

The three-day July 4 holiday weekend has kicked off with all its fun of backyard barbecues and those exciting noisy fireworks displays. PetMD.com notes that, while it’s a great holiday for us, the noise and turmoil aren’t so good for Maud and Max, the family cat and dog.

“Unlike people, pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations. Pets are terrified of fireworks, and often panic at the loud whizzes and bangs they produce,” PetMD.com says. “Because of this, the American Humane Association reports that July 5 is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. Why? In a 2005 press release the Indiana Proactive Animal Welfare, Inc. stated that animal shelters the day after Fourth of July are ‘inundated with pets that panicked at the noise of firecrackers and fled into the night, winding up lost, injured or killed.’”

That’s definitely NOT a good way to celebrate the Fourth. PetMD and the ASPCA offer 10 tips for helping your cat, dog, horse, gerbil, hamster, ferret, iguana, boa constrictor, or other pet, cope with the weekend’s festivities. Here are some of them:

  • Keep your pet indoors at all times!  It may seem obvious, but even if your pet is used to being outside, the resulting panic caused by fireworks or other loud noises may make them break their restraint or jump a fence in a terrified attempt to find safety.”
  • Going to one of the many fireworks displays around Madison? Leave your pet at home. “The safest place for your pet is at home, not in a crowded, unfamiliar and noisy place. The combination of too many people and loud fireworks will make your beloved pet freak out and desperately seek shelter. Locking them in the car is also not an option; your pet may suffer brain damage and heat stroke”
  • Have your pet properly identified. If your pet manages to break loose and become lost, without proper identification it will be that much harder to get them back. Consider fitting your pet with microchip identification, ID tags with their name and your phone number, or both. It is also a good idea to have a recent picture of your pets in case you have to put up signs.
  • NEVER use fireworks around pets. While lit fireworks can pose a danger to curious pets and potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws, even unused fireworks can be hazardous. Some fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals.”

Now that you have Emma and Bob safe, go out and have fun. And, remember, Terry’s Car Care is closed today and tomorrow for the holiday. Terry’s certified auto mechanics will be back on the job first thing Monday as usual to provide the trusted car care and tire service Madison drivers expect.

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