Pets and Fireworks: Tips for the 4th of July

Roseville, CA – You may have a blast celebrating the 4th of July, but the flashes, cracks, and booms of fireworks can be very frightening for your pets.


The Placer SPCA, local companion animal welfare experts, would like to remind pet owners to keep their pets inside, especially during the evening hours.


Fireworks set off near your home can panic your dog or cat, and in trying to get away from the noises they can become disoriented and lost. It is important to remember that many people set off fireworks a few days before and after the holiday as well.


Many local shelters, including the Placer SPCA, see an increase in stray animals in the first week of July.


“We suggest that pets be kept in a quiet, familiar room in your home any time loud noises are nearby,” said Placer SPCA CEO Leilani Fratis. “Even a very mellow animal might try to dart out the door if he is scared by fireworks blasting nearby.”


If your pet does get lost, a tag and microchip may make the difference in getting him or her back home. The Placer SPCA is offering microchip implants for only $15 from now until July 3rd. About the size of a grain of rice, the microchip contains a code that a shelter or veterinarian can scan to obtain a pet owner’s name from a national database maintained by the manufacturer. If your pet already has a microchip, please be sure to keep your contact information current. If you don’t know the manufacturer information, come in to the Placer SPCA for a free scan. Please visit http://placerspca.org/clinics to view a list of upcoming low-cost clinics.