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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 20, 2019 02:56 PM
From: Representative Tina M. Davis
To: All House members
Subject: “Fireworks and Animal Anxiety Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania
Pets are beloved family members and provide numerous mental health benefits to their owners. Unfortunately, the mental health needs of pets are often overlooked. One of the many conditions that affects animals is anxiety. However, symptoms of fear, anxiety, or stress in animals may be difficult to detect or may be confused with other behavioral problems.

A leading cause of anxiety in pets is loud noises, such as those produced by fireworks. According to one recent study, approximately 39 percent of dogs suffer from noise sensitivity. With the recent expansion of consumer fireworks sales in Pennsylvania and the approach of the Independence Day holiday, pet owners should be on the lookout for symptoms of anxiety in their animals.

In an effort to bring awareness to this issue, I will be introducing a resolution designating July 1, 2019, as “Fireworks and Animal Anxiety Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania.

Please join me in supporting this important resolution.

Introduced as HR428