Pet Safety on the Fourth of July

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– More pets run away during July 4th celebrations than any other day of the year. Loud whizzes, bangs and flashes of exploding fireworks terrify pets to the point of panic causing irrational behavior, such as jumping fences, breaking through screen doors and chewing through leashes to escape. Scared pets can become disoriented and travel long distances away from home or get injured or killed by darting into the street. Here’s some tips to keep your pet safe:

  1. Know when firework celebrations are going off in your area. Some start before July 4th.
  2. Keep pets indoors in a secure, quiet and comfortable room or crate. A screen door cannot always stop a terrified, charging pet.
  3. Block out firework noises by turning on the television or playing soothing music.
  4. Make sure your pet can be identified if they do runaway. Identification collars can fall off. MICROCHIPPING your cats and dogs is easy, safe, inexpensive and permanent, and ALWAYS keep your information current with your microchip provider.

Please don’t make the mistake of thinking it won’t happen to your pet. PREPARE today for a safe Fourth of July for you, your family, and your pets.

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