Chief Animal Control Officer Gayla Drummond knows a lot about animals, as does Friends of the Animal Shelter volunteer Kristi Phillips. They both will tell you one thing for sure. Animals do not like fireworks!
As the Fourth approaches, there are a few safety tips they both suggest you think about as you start your Independence Day revelry.
- Don’t take you pets to firework events.
- Put your pets inside! Stay home with them if you know they are afraid of fireworks. Turn the television on loud and shut the blinds or the curtains.
- Be courteous to your neighbors’ pets and stick to official firework events. Fireworks are ILLEGAL inside the City Limits.
- Use a broad spectrum CBD oil from a reputable source. (Not a full spectrum)
- Obtain a thunder jacket or storm shirt for your pet. These can be found at Amazon, or pet supply stores. Possibly at Tractor Supply.
- Rub your pet down with lavender oil or use lavender fabric dryer sheets.
- Use anti-anxiety meds from you local vet.
- Treats, such as safe peanut butter stuffed in a Kong toy and frozen. This can keep them focused and busy while they are secured inside.
Just in Case
Make certain your dog is wearing a tag that is easy to read, or write your phone number directly on its collar with a Sharpie. You can wrap duct tape around the collar and write on that.
Get your dog microchipped and register the chip. If already chipped, make sure the information is up to date.
Have a current photo of your dog on your phone.
If you dog goes missing during the festivities, call the PD and make a missing dog report. Go by the shelter and look for your dog there.
Please allow our pets to have a safe and comfortable Fourth. They are so loyal to you. Show some love right back to them, by being aware of their needs during this time.