Pet advice for the fourth

AMSTERDAM — The Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has offered advice for animal safety during the holiday season.

As residents begin planning their Fourth of July celebrations, the MCSPCA reminds them to keep animals in mind, as there is often an increase of lost pets after 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, the MCSPCA 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.

∫ 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.

The Montgomery County SPCA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of homeless, abandoned, neglected and abused animals in the Montgomery County area. Funded primarily by public donations, nominal fees and municipal contracts, the MCSPCA receives no regular funding from governmental agencies nor from national animal welfare organizations.

Visit www.mc-spca.org or Facebook or email info@mc-spca.org for more information.