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Remember Pet Safety during the 4th of July
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Remember Pet Safety during the 4th of July

 County Animal Shelter wants your pets to remain happy and safe in their homes

Sacramento, Calif. – The Sacramento County Animal Care Facility reminds pet owners to plan ahead for the coming 4th of July holiday and keep dogs and cats safe in their own homes.

“Our stray animal population spikes during the 4th of July period. The fireworks stands are open and people celebrate early,” said Dave Dickinson, Animal Care Director. “Dogs and cats get scared and escape. Plan in advance to keep your pets calm and safe in their homes and avoid having to make a trip to the shelter to find your pet.”

Safety Tips:

Resist the urge to take your pet to fireworks displays. You’re asking for trouble, as most pets have a very strong fear of loud, sudden noises which are like to evoke their “flight or fight mode.” Fireworks can cause true terror in a pet.

Protect your pet by keeping it indoors, even if they normally are outdoor pets. Leave a television or radio playing at normal or a slightly raised volume to keep him company while you're attending July 4th picnics, parades, and other celebrations. Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn't leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.

Make sure your pets are wearing their licenses – even if you’re “sure” they can’t get out. Animals with tags can be returned promptly. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.

If you plan to go away for the holiday weekend, ensure your pet’s safety by boarding them with your vet’s office or a boarding kennel. If you use a pet-sitter, be sure they also know how to protect your pet during from escaping your yard or home, or becoming injured during July 4th activities. If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays.

Source: County of Sacramento

Animal Lovers, Pets