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Sugarfoot Farm: Fireworks fun, but frightening for animals

More pets run away from home over Fourth of July Holiday than any other time of the year. July 5th is the busiest day for shelters." Peg Schaeffer writes, with some tips for protecting pets.
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By Peg Schaeffer

Sugarfoot Farm Rescue

I saw your comment about two lost dogs.

Celebrating with fireworks is great fun for people but is a frightening experience for pets. More pets run away from home over the Fourth of July holiday than any other time of year. July 5th is the busiest day for shelters.

There are ways you can help protect your dog from fireworks. Bring them inside and close the doors, windows, and curtains. Give them a blanket for security. Turn on the TV or radio to distract them. Keep calm around them. Pet them. Comforting your dog when it is frightened will not reinforce its fear. If they want to hide, let them.

There are products to help. Rescue remedy or thundershirts will help to calm them. Be sure they are microchipped or have collars with identification tags in case they do get lost. That way they can be reunited with their owners.

The panic brought on by fireworks can cause wildlife moms to abandon their babies and be too disoriented to find their way home. Squirrels, small mammals, birds and butterflies have been known to exhibit detrimental, even life threatening behavior as a result of fireworks, while waterbirds and fish perish after ingesting fireworks' debris.

Remember: It's only fun if EVERYONE has fun.

Peg Schaeffer
Sugarfoot Farm Rescue

This story was posted on 2018-07-02 03:13:46
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Lost, disoriented cat -- please help find owner

2018-07-05 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Could the booms of fireworks have caused this cat to be disoriented and run away from home? If you know the owner, this cat looks like it needs its family. Please click 'comments' below and send your contact information. Clicking 'read more' takes us back to Sugarfoot Farm's educational article before the holiday about the dangers of fireworks to animals. - LW

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