PETS: Independence Day fireworks cause panic in animals
If you read my blog on a regular basis, you’re familiar with my dog Skippy: “the best dog in the universe.”
Skippy’s no longer with us, but when he was alive, he had a curious habit. Whenever an ambulance or fire truck passed nearby with siren wailing, Skippy would throw his head back and let out the most blood-curdling howl.
I mention this, because it’s an example of how sensitive our furry friends are to sounds. Which brings me to the 4th of July.
In the city I live in, fireworks are illegal. But there are always some knuckleheads in my neighborhood who start setting off firecrackers early in the day and continue into the night when the beer is flowing freely. I’ve already heard some really loud ones.
The loud noises panic animals and they will jump over or dig down under fences in a frantic effort to escape the noises. Cats are even more high strung and can get into even more trouble.
According to a news release, 306 dead animals were picked up by animal control officers throughout Riverside County on July 5, 2012.
Over at our house, we don’t have that problem. We gather the critters (two dogs and a cat) in the bedroom, close the door, put on “Yankee Doodle Dandy” with James Cagney (a holiday tradition) and we’re set.
If you’re planning to be out for the night, just make sure to confine your dogs and cats. Click here to see some tips from the folks at the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
And be sure to have a fabulous 4th.
and assaults of
find more humane ways
to celebrate this night!
Karen Lyons Kalmenson