Why Dogs And Cats Hate July 4

Keep your pets away from firecrackers and the boom of fireworks.

“If dogs could vote, I’m sure they would support a ban on the sale of firecrackers — nothing fun about them for animals,” writes Mickey Zeldes, Rohnert Park Animal Shelter Supervisor. “The Fourth of July Is No Fun For Animals” shares excellent tips on keeping pets safe and calm on Independence Day.

Zeldes weekly column All About Pets! appears in The Community Voice [Rohnert Park-Cotati-Penngrove] providing ongoing animal welfare advocacy, updates on shelter needs, and tips for pet caregivers. http://www.thecommunityvoice.com/article.php?id=3236#fbAnchor

Dog holds cat nap

I’ve never had a dog who loved July 4. Although our town has a ban against firecrackers, people set them off at odd hours, loud and close enough to startle us. So we’ve learned to keep our dogs indoors for the entire weekend with soothing music playing.

I know our dog, Sydney, would put all four paws up to ban loud noises of any kind, especially fireworks and firecrackers. Sydney’s acute hearing continues to astound us. He hears neighbors quietly walking down our street. From the upstairs office, he barks to alert us when mail carriers drop our letters in our mailbox. And he runs and hides when anyone yells. Some days, I wish I could help him wear ear plugs!

“Very loud sounds can hurt the ears and if a sound seems too loud to you, it is probably so to your dog.” Laura Hungerford, DVM, MPH, PhD, University of Nebraska Newton Ask A Scientist! http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/vet00/vet00003.htm

HubPages – Canine Hearing: 7 Things to Know to Protect Your Dog’s Acute Sense of Hearinghttp://hubpages.com/hub/Canine-Hearing-7-Things-to-Know-to-Protect-Your-Dogs-Acute-Sense-of-Hearing

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