CHEROKEE COUNTY – The same sights that bring joy to humans during the holiday seasons often mean something to pets, according Kate Kimble, a veterinary student in Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
Kimble advised pet owners to be careful when allowing their pets outside during fireworks shows. The loud noises and lights could cause an animal to run from their yard.
She advised that pets should be kept inside or away of fireworks displays to ensure their safety.
The Humane Society of the United States offers the below suggestions:
Keep your pet away from fireworks
Ask your veterinarian if your pet is afraid by fireworks.
You can protect your pet by a collar, ID tag, and microchip.
If your pet runs away from fear, you can search your neighborhood and contact the local animal control agencies, animal shelters, or rescues.
Post notices on social media in your area. If allowed by city ordinance, you can also post them in person at public places.
If you find a pet that has been lost, and it has an ID tag with a number, or address, please contact the owners to reunite them. You can also monitor the local animal shelters and rescues’ social media pages. They also have posters in communities that keep people informed about lost pets.