Pet safety
6:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Protect Your Pets From Fireworks Trauma

Ally, a dog up for adoption at Saving Grace in Roseburg.
Ally, a dog up for adoption at Saving Grace in Roseburg.
Credit Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center

Independence Day can be a traumatic time for pets.  Kelly Darnell has her own story about her pet dog, Sandy:

Darnell:  “Every Fourth of July she would be in the bathtub.”

Kelly Darnell is Eugene’s Interim Animal Services Manager.  She says when fuses are about to be lit, before your pet’s exposed to the rocket’s red glare – and blare – put them inside and…

“turn on the TV, turn in on a fan, so they can’t hear it as much.  If they have a fear of fireworks, certainly not taking them to fireworks.”

At times, Darnell says a pet can be so terrified by the noise of fireworks that..

Darnell: “for the rest of his life, the slightest sound of a gun, even on a TV show, made them terrified.”

Darnell also urges dog owners to have a current license:

Darnell:  “So that in the case they do get out, we can make sure we can get them home to you as quickly as possible.”

And if your pet is extremely sensitive, Darnell says, call your vet to see if any medications might help.