With the Fourth of July holiday just one day away, many communities across the east are preparing to light up the sky- and while fireworks typically call for a celebration, for pets, it is often a reason to run and hide.
According to PetAmberAlert.com, animal control officials see a 30% increase in lost pet reports from July 4-6, which is the largest increase than any other time of year.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is offering tips to keep your pet safe and sound this holiday:
-Keep your pet in a secure, quiet, indoor space during fireworks
-Try to drown out loud noises by closing windows and turning on music or television
-Keep your pet on their normal diet to prevent them from getting sick
-Keep toxic items, like sunscreen, insect repellent, matches, and citronella candles, out of reach
-Keep your pet on a leash if outdoors
-Pet or talk to your animal to calm them down
-Try and go about your daily routine normally
Ahead of the holiday, make sure your pet is wearing a collar.
You can also download the ASPCA mobile app that helps you find your pet in case of an emergency.