Keep Your Pets At Home On The Fourth Of July

by Mackenzie Stasko on July 2, 2013 at 6:39 am

The day following the Fourth of July, animal shelters see an influx of lost pets because they get scared of the fireworks and usually take off. If you plan on going to Zane’s Landing or any other location to watch the fireworks, it’s advised that you keep your pets at home.

"Dogs have a lot better hearing than humans do, so it kind of impacts them more. The noises and it can even be something that you might only hear a little bit but think about that being 10 times greater for the dogs. So we just really recommend fireworks and dogs are not a good mix," said Jody Murray, Executive Director of the Muskingum Animal Shelter.

If possible, try and play with your dogs early in the day so they get tired out, and pull the curtains shut so they can’t see the fireworks to avoid causing them stress. Murray says there’s another thing pet owners should do before big summer holiday’s.

Murray said, "Make sure your dog has some kind of tag on it that identifies it, or even if it’s a micro chip. That way, if it’s brought into the shelter or the dog pound, they’ll be scanned and the dog will be able to find it’s way back home."

Murray says since public fireworks happen so seldom, dogs and other pets are unfamiliar with it and will easily get stressed. So again, make sure you leave them at home.