Los Angeles, CA – — Independence Day’s fireworks displays and parties are a blast for people, but pets can sometimes be startled by all the commotion of loud noises and visitors. Every Independence Day, shelters fill with lost and injured pets. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) recommends taking these simple precautions to keep your pet happy and safe this July 4th:

    • Dogs and cats should be microchipped and wear current I.D. tags at all times. This is the best way to ensure a happy reunion if your pet goes missing.
    • Leave the family pet at home, where he will be safe, secure, and less stressed. Loud noises from fireworks can cause a dog to jump a fence and run away from home, or a cat to hide for days. Keeping your pets indoors and secure will also keep them from dangerous roadways.
    • Training your dog to “Come When Called” can be life-saving. spcaLA offers a Come When Called training class.
    • If you’re hosting a party, keep your pet in a cool, well-ventilated room with a radio playing softly in the background. Include your pet’s favorite toys, a tasty chew, and a pet bed or blanket for comfort. Do this as well if you are going out but your pet is staying home.
    • Do not tie your dog up outside to keep him from escaping. The loud noises from the fireworks can frighten your pooch making him more likely to attempt to flee. Dogs can seriously injure themselves, or even die, trying to escape.
    • Educate children to not scare or harm pets with firecrackers or sparklers.
    • Having a backyard BBQ? Keep alcoholic beverages, lighter fluids, matches, and insect repellents (like citronella candles) away from your pets. These items can be toxic or deadly when ingested or inhaled. Some foods are toxic for dogs like chocolate, onions, tomatoes, avocados and grapes. Watch out for cooked bones. When chewed and ingested, they can splinter and be fatal.
    • If your pet requires sun protection, only use sunscreens intended for animals.
    spcaLA adoptions at PD Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center, spcaLA South Bay Pet Adoption Center, spcaLA Pet Hotel & Grooming Salon, and the spcaLA Marketplace will be closed July 4th, reopening July 5th at 10am.