Humane Society reminds pet owners of fireworks season dangers

Posted at 1:15 PM, Jul 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-01 15:15:50-04

HELENA – The Lewis & Clark Humane Society is reminding pet owners to take extra care of their pets now that fireworks are back on sale.

Humane Society staff said they get a fair number of animals brought in around the 4th of July that have run away due to fireworks. Dogs have a much more sensitive sense of hearing and the loud noises associated with fireworks can be very stressful to the animal.

Dog Program Coordinator Kat Martineau told MTN the best thing an owner can do is to make sure their pets have up-to-date tags on their collar and are put in a safe place during high firework activity.

Martineau added that even a dog that has never jumped a fence before might try to, just to escape the noise. “It’s a whole new world for them,” said Martineau, “So make sure you’re really keeping an eye on them.”

Pet owners are advised to ensure fences are secure and gates are shut before letting their animals out into their yard. If the owner is attending an event with fireworks it is advised that they leave the pet at home if possible.

The Humane Society also recommends speaking with your vet about options to help relax your animal if they get extremely stressed around the 4th of July. Vets may recommend a sedative or a thunder shirt to help calm them.

If your pet does escape, the Humane Society says the first thing you should do is call them — that way if the animal is brought in they can reunite the pet with its family.

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