4th of July is a fun holiday for the whole family, but not necessarily fun for the pets in our lives!

It's very important to put your dog or cat in a contained room away from windows and doors during the holiday when fireworks can be heard going off.

It's a good idea to play soft music in the room with them to help keep out the noise of fireworks.

And if possible put pets together so they have a buddy.

To a pet, it sounds like the world is coming to an end, and many pets run out of their yards and even dig or jump out of their kennels to find safety somewhere and get away from the explosions they hear or see.

One of the busiest days of the year for animal shelters is the day after the 4th of July. Because there are so many strays found wandering around.  Many of these pets are never re-united with their owners!

Brett Bowen who heads up a rescue organization talks about  some excellent reminders for us with regard to our pets. Listen to that interview here.

I youtubed " 4th of july scared pets" And there were dozens of videos of terrified pets. It's really traumatic for them. Thank you to all the good pet owners like this guy that obviously loves his dog, and is willing to sit for hours with it to keep it from being afraid.  He is a very good "Dog Daddy!"It warms my heart!  I hope he's NOT naked! I think his shirt is just off...and he obviously likes to watch himself on camera...(giggle giggle) but, you get the point!




Here is a list of Shelters/Agencies that animals may turn up if they are lost

Benton Franklin Humane Society

Tri-Cities Animal Shelter

Pet Over Population Prevention

Here is a link to Calming music to play for your pets...if you should so be inclined...

Horse owners should also take precautions particularly if the horses are in an area pasture that has barbed wire.

Check fencing, and if possible put horses in a barned in area with music or something going to block out sound.

If there is nothing you can do to secure your horse, make sure you check on him/her periodically during the holiday.

Horses generally fair much better than dogs and cats.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Oh and by the way, Today's Seize the Deal is half off for pets and supplies at Aqua Tropics!