SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The Fourth of July brings loud whistles and booms from fireworks, which can traumatize dogs and cats.
When animals escape from home, they run the danger of being hit by cars, attacked by predators, or lost.
The County Department of Animal Services reported that nearly 60 dogs ended up at their shelter last year and the days following.
“Dogs can panic and they’ll do anything to escape from the noise...that includes digging under, climbing over or even breaking through gates, screens, fences, windows and doors," according to County Department of Animal Services Director, Daniel DeSousa.
There are some practical yet necessary steps you can take this holiday to prevent the loss or injury of your pets.
Before the holiday, take advantage of free microchipping at any one of the three County shelters through July 2nd from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Normally, microchipping would cost $10 but is free during this time.
The three shelters are located at:
- Central Shelter - 5480 Gaines Street, San Diego, CA 92110
- North Shelter - 2481 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011
- South Shelter - 5821 Sweetwater Road, Bonita, CA 91902
If you haven't already, register your dog on Finding Rover, a free dog facial recognition app that matches dogs which have been lost or found.
— Finding Rover (@FindingRover) November 11, 2015
Here are some tips to follow on the 4th:
1. Keep your pets inside of your home, pets go missing on the 4th of July more than any other time of the year.
2. Turn on your TV or radio to a normal volume to help drown out the fireworks, especially if leaving them alone.
3. Distract your pet with toys and treats, and remove dangerous objects that can be chewed on.
4. Make sure that your pet has proper ID tags/microchip.
5. Use a leash for your dog near bonfires, fire pits, BBQ's, and fireworks.
7. Do not leave your pet in the car, your pet can suffer serious health effects, even death from the hot air.
If your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises, consult your veterinarian to see if anxiety-relieving medication is necessary.
To report a lost pet, call County Animal Services’ 24-hour emergency dispatch number at (619) 236-2341.
If you lose your pet, check the department’s lost and found page online and Finding Rover.