At Baton Rouge Insurance Agency, we
hope your holiday is happy and safe for you and
your pets. So along with our other story about fireworks safety, here
are some tips to help you protect your pets on the Fourth in Louisiana, or
(Pet Fireworks Photo by Beverly)
Protecting your pets
Many pets are very frightened by the
loud noises caused by fireworks. If you can’t take them away from the noise,
here are some pointers from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals that will help them have a more peaceful holiday.
Don’t take your pet to a public
fireworks display. In addition to the noise, they may be spooked by the crowds.
If possible, leave your pet inside in
a safe, secure room. Do not leave them outside, even if your yard is fenced.
They may try to flee, and they may succeed; July 5 is a busy year at many
animal shelters across the nation, as dogs and cats are frequently found miles
from their homes. Taking your pet on a walk early in the day can help tire them
Give your pets a comfortable place to
rest, as well as plenty of food and water. You might even leave a TV or stereo
on to drown out the fireworks. Provide soothing music, if possible. A favorite
toy (or their favorite owner!) can help comfort them, too.
Make sure your pets have an ID tag or
microchip, in case they get scared and escape.
Check with your veterinarian before
giving your pet any medication intended to calm them. They may be able to
provide you with a prescription or suggest alternatives.
And, of course, keep your pet away
from used and unused fireworks.
With some common sense and planning,
the Fourth of July can be both safe and enjoyable for everyone - and less scary
for your pets. Whether you’re staying at home or heading to Baton Rouge, or
elsewhere, we hope you have a wonderful time celebrating our independence!