Lafayette, LA - Fourth of July fireworks and dogs are not a good combination. While some dogs aren’t as sensitive to loud noises, some are threatened by the loud boom and bright lights of fireworks and naturally react by running away and becoming lost.
Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center (LASCC) Director Shelley Delahoussaye said the number of dogs brought to the shelter increases after Fourth of July celebrations as does the number of people searching for their pets. “We get calls from owners whose dogs escaped from their yard or jerked out of their collars while leashed at a fireworks event. We do our best to reunite the lost animals with their owners, but prevention is key for these situations.
Delahoussaye recommends these steps to keep pets safe:
Avoid taking dogs to fireworks displays.
Keep them indoors if fireworks are set off in your neighborhood.
Make sure they are wearing a collar with an ID tag.
Make sure microchip information is up to date with correct phone numbers.
Exercise them earlier in the day to tire them out.
Distract them with a favorite toy or chew.
Use white noise like a radio or TV to drown out the noise.
If you lose your pet or find someone else’s, contact the Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center at 337-291-5644.