Fireworks prove hazardous for pets: HSSM implores pet owners to act with care

As residents begin planning their Fourth of July celebrations, The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is putting out a plea asking that animals be kept in mind, as there is often an increase of lost pets following the Fourth of July. Festivities for the holiday often include fireworks and other commotion, which can be stressful to pets or result in them getting lost. For the safety and protection of pets, HSSM joins the Humane Society of the United States in recommending the following:

  • Leave pets at home and inside. Fireworks can be terrifying to pets, even pets who are accustomed to being around crowds and commotion.
  • Create a home sanctuary. Leave your pet in an area of your home where he or she is safe, comfortable and sheltered from any outside noise and lights. An interior room without immediate access to the outside is preferred. Playing a radio with relaxing music may help mask the sound of fireworks.
  • Pet-proof your home. When scared, some animals may become destructive so be sure to remove anything from reach that can become damaged or may harm the pet if chewed or eaten.
  • Identification is essential. Pets may panic, escape and become lost. Updated identification is critical to ensuring lost pets are reunited with their families. Ideal identification is both a tag and microchip (make sure your chip is registered on a site such as www.petmicrochiplookup.org).
  • Consult a veterinarian for pets with anxiety. Consult your veterinarian before the Fourth of July to seek out remedies to lower your pet’s stress level if this is a known issue.

“HSSM is currently over-capacity, housing nearly 400 pets. The day following the Fourth of July is always our biggest intake date so we urge everyone to please come and adopt if they can to make space in the shelter and if you do lose your pet, please check the shelter to see if we have them.”-Casey Harrison, Director of Animal Services-HSSM.

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