10 Pet Safety Tips for the 4th of July in the Hudson Valley

These pet safety tips will help keep your furry friends safe while on vacation. Adobe Stock / openrangestock

Follow these pet safety tips, courtesy of the Hudson Valley Humane Society, for a fun Independence Day for you and Fido.

Jhe 4th of July is cause for celebration. Unfortunately, it’s a very busy weekend at local animal shelters, which have the task of rounding up all the stray animals fleeing homes due to the noisy festivities. Before the holidays, here are some tips for keeping your beloved pets safe and sound in the Hudson Valley:

  1. Do not bring your pet to the fireworks. Keep them indoors.
  2. Close the windows! Frightened pets often run through screens.
  3. If you’re partying at home, keep your pet in a crate or a quiet room away from the festivities.
  4. Is your pet afraid of lightning? He is most likely terrified of fireworks!
  5. Always make sure your pet is carrying ID. If your ID tags are worn, have them replaced – the Hudson Valley Humane Society offers free ID tags.
  6. Consider boarding your pet.
  7. Consider dressing your dog in an anti-anxiety vest (like a Thundershirt).
  8. Never say never! If you catch yourself saying, “My dog ​​never leaves the yard/house/property,” remember: there’s always a first time for everything, and it can be fatal. Fear of an unexpected noise – like fireworks – is all it takes for an animal to run.
  9. If you spot an unleashed pet without its owner, or any animal in a dangerous situation, call your local police or the Hudson Valley Humane Society at 845.354.3124.
  10. Of course, enjoy the holidays! Be careful and spread the word to all your friends.

For more information or safety tips from the Hudson Valley Humane Society, visit www.hvhumane.org.

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