Pet safety for the 4th of July


For today’s Pets on Set segment — we want to highlight some pet SAFETY tips this 4th of July. John Davis of Hawaiian Humane Society — here with more. Ensure that your pets have identification. If your pet doesn’t have identification or you don’t file a lost report with the Humane Society, there is a chance your pet will be adopted into a new home. Call the Humane Society at 356-2228 immediately if your pet is lost and file a lost report. Having current photos of your pet is also helpful. For dogs, a license is proof of ownership and should be attached to his collar. Keep your companion animal in a safe place indoors. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you’ve removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed on. Leave a radio or television on at normal volume to provide him or her with some companionship while you’re a ttending the picnics and parades. If you can’t keep your pet indoors, consider keeping him in an enclosed garage. If possible, do not leave pets outside and unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. Animals may panic, escape and get lost, or get injured by becoming entangled in their chain. If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before the holiday for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays. Do not give your pets tranquilizers without consulting a vet. Resist taking your pet to fireworks displays. Most animals don’t enjoy the holiday’s noisy spectacles.

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