June 21, 2023

Prepare your pet for the 4th of July!

The Fourth of July is fast approaching and while it may be a fun time for you, it can be a terrifying experience for our pets. The loud noises, bright lights, and groups of people can trigger fear and anxiety in even the most composed pets. As pet owners, it is our responsibility to be aware of the potential dangers and to take proactive steps to keep our furry family members safe and secure. Here are a few simple ways to keep your pets safe over the holiday weekend.

July 4th pet safety tips

Stay indoors

Exercise your pets before the fireworks begin. A tired pet is more likely to be calmer during the fireworks, and do not bring them to fireworks displays. Even if you think he will be okay, you may lose your pup if he panics! Don’t forget to bring your cats inside as well.

Create a calm space

Keeping your pets in interior rooms makes it more difficult for them to escape. Try to drown out the scary noises by using “white noise” like fans, or soothing noises like classical music. Provide an “escape” for your pet! Pets will often seek out a familiar crate, bed, or hiding spot where they feel safe during loud fireworks.

Tag and chip

Make sure your pet is wearing a collar, a tag with your contact information, and their pet license. If your pet is already microchipped, please make sure your contact information is up to date. This is the fastest and easiest way to have your pet returned to you if they do get lost. Ensure your pet license is up to date and get more information here.

Lost pets

If you find a lost pet, check for tags or bring them to the shelter. Visit the Found Pets page for next steps. If your pet is lost, visit our Lost Pets page to submit a lost pet report and for information to help get them home.

Chris and Kiersten Lehmkuhl, owners of Window World of Southern Colorado, know the importance windows and doors play in keeping our furry friends safe. And it’s especially important during this holiday weekend when scared pets try to find ways to escape from the loud celebrations. That’s why this Fourth of July holiday, Window World of Southern Colorado will be helping reunite lost pets with their owners by making a generous donation to HSPPR’s life-saving programs.