Pet safety on Independence Day as fireworks abound

Pet safety on Independence Day as fireworks abound
Updated: Jul. 4, 2018 at 2:34 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Although entertaining for us, fireworks can send a rush of panic through many dogs during Independence Day celebrations.

The Fourth of July is the day many dogs end up lost or hurting themselves in the process of the celebration.

Experts say you should make sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date and visible ID tag on their collar and take a current photo of your dog for reference, just in case they become lost.

Exercise your dog early this evening with a walk, to avoid having them outside during while fireworks are going off.

If your dog is afraid of loud noises or fireworks and you have to leave them at home during the celebration, be sure to leave them a frozen treat or play gentle, soft music to cover the noise of fireworks.

"Pets don't react to the Fourth of July like we do," says Bobbi Yeo from PAWS Humane. "It's not a party for them its a lot of big and scary noises."

For a full list of tips on keeping your pet safe this Independence Day, click here.

If your pet does get lost during the holiday, local animal experts say you should check with your local Animal Control during their business hours. If your pet is not there, they say to continue checking back since pets might not arrive at the office immediately.

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