Pet safety tips for the Fourth of July - Tucson News Now

Pet safety tips for the Fourth of July

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Fireworks are a great way to celebrate America's independence, but it might not be so fun for our canine or feline companions.  Many may howl, pace, jump fences or even run long distances due to the loud noises associated with fireworks, in some cases many may even hurt themselves.

Here are a few safety tips from the Humane Society of Southern Arizona -

Keep pets indoors; for pets with extreme sensitivity, create a den-like environment such as a crate, room or walk-in closet free of windows.

If possible, remain home with pets to provide comfort and security.

Turn on a TV or radio to provide soothing sounds that will distract pets from outside noises

Spray some pet-friendly aromatherapy to calm pet’s nerves

Invest in a Thundershirt, used to treat anxiety in pets

Pets that are extremely sensitive to noise may benefit from the use of veterinarian-prescribed sedatives

Be sure to keep a well-fitted collar and identification on pets and make sure information is up-to-date on the microchip (if applicable). If pets are not microchipped, the HSSA offers the service for $25.

If a pet is lost call the HSSA's Lost and Found Department at 327-6088, ext. 111; or Pima Animal Care Center at 793-5900 to file a lost report.  Another step to help locate a missing pet is to visit www.pets.org and check out shelters in the area. 

The HSSA will be closed on July 4, but both PAWSH locations will be open - La Encantada  (327-6577) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Park Place (881-7406) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The main HSSA site will be open on July 5 at 11 a.m. there will be $15 adult dogs and cats and $50 for puppies, kittens and purebreds, all deals will also be extended to PAWSH and PetSmart adoptions.

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