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Protecting Pets During Fourth of July Fireworks

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The Fourth of July is upon us. It can be fun for us, but that is not always the case for our pets. Fireworks can scare animals and a lot of additional people report missing pets during this time of year.

“It means for the 48 hours after the fireworks end, our phones will be ringing off the hook in dispatch for stray, contained dogs, and missing cats as well,” said Barry Brode, Animal Services Manager in Washoe County.

On average, 80 additional dogs and cats come in during the Fourth and the days right afterward. Brode says the loud pops and bright lights from the fireworks scare pets, and they can run away to avoid the danger.

Animal Services recommends the following:

·         Before the fireworks start, bring and keep your dog inside

·         Keep windows and doors closed

·         Take steps to lower outside noise such as leaving a radio, television, fan, or air conditioner on

·         If you know your dog does experience extreme anxieties from loud noises, it may be worthwhile to contact your veterinarian to see what recommendations they have

·         If you’re going to a firework display, the best way for everyone to get the most enjoyment is to leave your pets at home

Brode also says having your pets microchipped can significantly help as well.

“Make sure they have their collars on," he said. “Identifiers for dogs which include a dog name, their dog license for Washoe County and that they are microchipped. Have your cats microchipped as well.” 

Also, be aware of horses, large livestock and cattle. They can also get scared by the loud sounds. 

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