Jun. 27, 2016
Former Bartlesville Animal Control officer and current animal advocate Rita Harvey has some tips for keeping pets safe during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.
“July Fourth celebrations are usually a fun time for us, but it earns the number one spot for the time of year when pets get away from home and become lost,” she said.
“First, make sure your pets have their ID and rabies vaccination tags on at all times. Make sure the info on those tags is current and correct. With people coming and going from your house, pets often find this upsetting. The noise can be terrifying for them. They may dart out the door, jump a fence or dig under a fence to get away,” she said.
Harvey said it is a city and state law that current rabies vaccination be maintained on pets. And further it will “minimize the financial damages in case your dog or cat bites someone.”
“If you are in Bartlesville, a city tag can be traced 24/7 through the police department database. Just call 918-338-4001,” she said. “If your pet is micro-chipped, make sure your info is up to date. Have you had a recent move or telephone number change? Keep that info updated with your microchip company’s database.”
She said pets that are not “people friendly” or that stress easily are best when kept separate from holiday visitors.
“It’s best to keep them in a separate, comfortable, secured room with a TV or radio on away from visitors except for when you let them out to relieve themselves,” she said. “Keep small children away from fearful pets. Pets are not always fond of strangers and loud noises. What we may find fun, they may find scary.”
She said it is generally a good practice to leave pets at home when going to a fireworks display.
“The majority of pets have no interest in going to the fireworks show. Best to leave them home in a secure house. If you do take them along with you, never go off and leave them in a hot car. Even if the windows are down a little, it still gets too hot inside and can be life threatening,” she said. “Most of all, have a very fun and safe time!”