By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
COCOA -- The Fourth of July is a time for American's to remember all that our founding fathers fought for, the sacrifices that made our country the amazing nation it is today and to celebrate our freedom.
As fireworks explode, creating extravagant colors and patterns in the night sky, not everyone is in awe of the display.
In fact, your animals are probably terrified of the loud claps and booms made by the fireworks.
The Central Brevard Humane Society would like to offer Space Coast residents several tips and tricks to help calm their animals and keep them safe, as we celebrate the founding of our nation.
Do not take a pet to fireworks displays, public or private
Never leave a pet unattended inside a vehicle
Feed and walk dogs early, before the fireworks start
Create a "safe room" for pets with a T.V. or radio on for familiar background noise
Consider staying at home if pets are extra-sensitive to loud noises
Ensure firm control of leashed pets to prevent running into traffic
Remember, frightened animals are more aggressive and prone to biting
If guests are coming into a home, put pets safely away from all the unusual activity. Animals can be unpredictable in crowds with loud noises.
Make sure pets are wearing current Brevard animal license tags, so that if separated, you can be reunited with your pet
"Dogs and cats hear 10 times better than humans do, and some of this keener hearing is in the higher frequency range typical of fireworks," said Eileen Cole, media relations manager for the Central Brevard Humane Society in a press release. "These types of sounds can be very stressful for pets and cause them to panic, become disoriented or even lost."
In an additional effort to reunite lost animals with their owners, the Central Brevard Humane Society is offering a discounted rate on its microchipping service, which is $15. The normal cost for microchipping pets is $25.
"A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and can be implanted into a cat or dog," Ms. Cole said. "The device carries a number that is entered into a database, which includes the name and contact information of the pet's owner."
Discounted microchipping is available to local residents until Wednesday, July 3.
For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343.