Keep pets safe for Independence Day

Published 5:13 pm Tuesday, July 3, 2018

More pets go missing on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. To keep your furry friends safe, Kill Devil Hills town officials offer the following tips:

ID your pet: Make sure your pet is wearing an ID collar with your current contact info. Also, microchip your pet and be sure to register the information.

Fireworks: Keep dogs and cats away from fireworks and create a safe haven for them at home. Turn on a radio, TV or stereo to distract them from any outside revelry (many folks swear by classical music and Animal Planet). And be sure all windows/doors are secured so that your pet can’t escape if it gets startled.

Barbecues: Many foods are not just poisonous, but deadly for your pet. Keep dogs and cats on their usual diets, and make sure you know the foods, plants and other ingredients that are toxic to their health.

Staying cool: The Fourth of July holiday occurs during one of the hottest summer periods. Animals are susceptible to heat stroke, just like people – a condition that’s particularly lethal for dogs. Be sure your pet has plenty of shade and cool water and limit exercise.