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NHS gives tips on keeping pets safe with warmer weather, fireworks

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Posted at 2:38 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 15:38:06-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Nebraska Humane Society (NHS) wants to remind pet owners how to keep their furry friends safe in warmer weather and calm during the upcoming 4th of July holiday.

In a press release sent Monday, NHS said they receive hundreds of calls each year about dogs left in hot cars at shopping centers, grocery stores and other locations.

Temperatures rise fast in cars, increasing the possibility of heat stroke, organ failure and death for animals left alone.

NHS said leaving your pet at home is the best option.

If you notice an animal left in a car unattended, call NHS at 402-444-7800. Animal Control Officers will respond quickly and could confiscate the animal and issue a citation to the owner.

Additionally, with more fireworks going off every night leading up to the 4th of July, NHS provided the following tips:

Keep your pet indoors

· Select a room most insulated from the noise outside. Turn on the TV or radio to provide some background noise. Close the curtains. Provide a protective comfort zone, such as under a bed or in an open closet for your cat (place food, water, and litter box nearby), or kennel for your dog. Place a blanket with familiar smells in this area to help soothe your pet.

· If you are having a party, keep your pet out of the middle of the festivities. Discourage guests from feeding your pet scraps from the barbecue – rich, unfamiliar foods can add to your pet’s discomfort.

Outdoor safety

· If your pet must go outside, keep him on a leash or in a carrier at all times. A sudden noise can cause an animal to bolt.

· Give your dog a chance to go potty before the fireworks really get underway. Your dog may be too scared to go later.

· Make sure your pet is wearing a secure collar with proper ID. If the worst happens and your pet gets loose, proper identification gives him a better chance of getting home safely.

Practice fire safety

· Keep your pet away from ALL fire activity. This includes fireworks, matches, grills, etc. Pet hair can catch fire easily. Spent fireworks on the ground can remain hot for some time and may burn a curious pet’s nose, mouth, or paws.

Comfort
Here are some calming solutions that can help soothe your pet’s anxieties (found at Animal Outfitters):

· Thunder-shirts act like a swaddle for animals. It has pressure points to help calm the animal during stressful events.

· Have your pet focus on a delicious treat like a stuffed Kong. This can be a great “pacifier” for your pet. There are a variety of foods you can use to stuff the Kong: pieces of their kibble or treats, peanut butter, canned (wet) food, mashed potatoes, baby food, banana, etc. Mix it, stuff it and freeze it ahead of time. Offer it to your pet before the excitement begins so the pet has a chance to become invested.