Fireworks: an explosion of fear for animals

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Many people enjoy the booming sounds & flashing colors of fireworks, but they can be terrifying, overwhelming⁠ and hazardous for both wild & domestic animals.

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On the Fourth of July, many animals become so frightened by the noise và commotion of fireworks that they run from otherwise familiar environments & people, và sadly become lost.They may also suffer devastating or even fatal health effects from the stress. The sudden bright flashes & sounds can cause wild animals to lớn run into roadways, resulting in more oto accidents than normal. Wildlife rehabilitation centers are often flooded with traumatized, injured & orphaned wild animals after the holiday.

Predatory birds, like bald eagles, see the harsh sounds và lights from fireworks as a threat, và may abandon their nests or habitats entirely. The explosions may cause other birds to take off en masse for prolonged periods of time and to use up vital energy reserves needed for survival. Fireworks have even frightened birds into flying so far out to lớn sea that they did not have the energy lớn make the return flight.Wild birds frightened by the noise of fireworks will also fly higher & for longer, which exposes them khổng lồ the harmful cocktail of ingredients in fireworks lượt thích ozone, sulfur dioxide và nitric oxide that have caused cardiovascular và respiratory damage, and even death, in humans.


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Casings and heavy metals that are littered by fireworks are often mistakenly consumed by wildlife or even fed lớn their young. Many of these materials are either indigestible and therefore choking hazards, or toxic khổng lồ the animal, và pollutants from fireworks can be washed into waterways & contaminate drinking water for the animals that rely on it. Và in regions of the country prone khổng lồ wildfires, the slightest ember from a fireworks display can start a blaze that kills many wildlife species & destroys their habitats.

Here are a few simple ways lớn keepboth pets và wildlife safe during festivities from the Fourth of July khổng lồ New Year’s Eve and everything in between:


1. Keep your pet safely away from fireworks

Pets are more sensitive khổng lồ loud noises, flashing lights & strong smells. On the Fourth of July, & other days people are likely lớn set off fireworks, it"s best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on khổng lồ soften jarring noises.If you"re unable to leave your pet unattended at home, keep them leashed and under your direct control at all times.

2. If your pet is scared by fireworks, ask a veterinarian for help

There are medications và techniques that might help alleviate your pet"s fear and anxiety. You can also tryour suggestions for helping your dog cope with loud noises.Keep your pets comfortable all year long by reading our holiday pet safety tips.


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3. Protect your pet from heat stroke during summer festivities

Another reason to lớn keep your pets away from the often noisy celebrations of summer is heat. High temperatures put your pet at riskof heat stroke, which can become deadly very quickly. Keep an eye on your pets và act immediately if you see any signs of heatstroke.

NEVER leave your pet in a parked car, even if the day doesn’t seem that warm. The temperature outside may bea balmy 72 degrees, but the temperature inside a closed vehiclecan rocket to a fatal 116 degrees in less than an hour.

Also remember that hot pavement can be dangerous to unprotected paws; if it’s too hot for you khổng lồ hold your hand to the ground for fiveseconds, it"s not safe for your dog to lớn walk on.

4. Safeguard your pet with a collar and IDtag

All pets, even those kept indoors full-time, should always wear collars with ID tags. Indoor-only pets can become so frightened during fireworks displays that they may take desperate measures khổng lồ escape the noise, including breaking through windows or door screens. You should also ensure that your pet is microchippedand that the chip is properly registered with your current liên hệ information.

If your pet does become lost, tương tác your local animal control and surrounding shelters immediately & follow the rest of our advice for finding your pet.If you find a lost pet, either take them to the address on their tag or bring them to alocal animal shelter so they can be reunited with their family.

5. Encourage celebrations that use safer, more animal-friendly alternatives

Laser shows can be evocative of fireworks while being far less damaging khổng lồ wildlife và polluting khổng lồ the environment.

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