The sound of fireworks displays on the Fourth of July could frighten pets and cause them to run away, officials with the Helen Woodward Animal Center warned San Diego-area residents Monday.
"Even if the fireworks display is several miles away, the sound can terrify family pets," HWAC spokesman John Van Zante said.
"If they don't have safe places to hide, or if there's a way for them to run out a door or escape through a fence, your pet will be gone," he said.
According to the HWAC, more family pets run away during Independence Day than any other day of the year because of fireworks.
HWAC offered the following tips to protect pets:
Don't take pets to fireworks displays
Bring pets indoors before fireworks displays begin
Make sure pets have access to their favorite "safe place" or find a quiet, comfortable, enclosed room where the animal can "hide" if needed
Leave the radio or television on for background noise
Van Zante also encouraged residents to get the pets micro-chipped.
"Many pets that run away during the fireworks escape by slipping out of their collars," he said. "A microchip will identify your pet if it ends up at a shelter."
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