While holiday parties and fireworks can be fun for people, four legged friends aren’t so keen on the celebrations.
A local animal expert says that the 4th of July holiday is one of the highest rated weekends for lost pets. The animals aren’t used to the loud noises that fireworks make or the large crowds of people and can experience anxiety.
Some pets can be more sensitive then others.
"The thing of it is you never know when your dog might be one that has been fine over the years, but then something triggers some fear and then this is the year that you’re kind of not paying attention and your dogs takes off," said Animal Shelter Executive Director Jody Murray.
To prevent your pup from being lost, Murray suggests keeping them indoors and play music or keep a television on to muffle the noise. There’s other prevention measures one can take.
"Do some fun things with the dogs and cats during the day," suggests Murray. "Wear them out a little bit. Let them have some fun, but at night it’s a good idea to make sure they’re in a secure facility. If they’re inside your house, or have a kennel or whatever make sure it’s extra secure."
If your pet does wander away, Murray said one way to get them back is to have them micro-chipped. Another easy fix is to put a tag on their collar that includes a name and phone number so that you can be contacted if the pet is found.