Many animal shelters across the country are reminding pet owners that many domestic animals are frightened by fireworks.
Each year, hundreds of animals are lost as a result of noise related to Independence Day celebrations.
Below are some simple suggestions to help ensure the safety of your pets.
-Make sure your dog is wearing a current license tag and also a personal tag with your current address and phone number.
-Do not bring your pet to a fireworks display.
-Keep them inside. Bring indoor/outdoor cats and dogs inside. Set up a nice quiet spot in a windowless room, if possible, or keep them in a carrier or kennel.
-Leave the TV or radio on to distract them.
-Walk your animal before the fireworks start. If you must take your dog out during the fireworks, keep him on a leash.
-If your dog or cat is especially noise sensitive, consider having someone stay home with them, taking them to a boarding facility or discuss tranquilizers with your vet.
-If after taking all the precautions your cat or dog runs away, visit your local animal shelter.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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