Keep your dog calm during Fourth of July fireworks

(KGTV) - The booming noise of fireworks may signify a celebration for humans, but the loud bangs and whistles can be overwhelming for pets on the Fourth of July.

San Diego County’s Department of Animal Services reports that dozens of dogs end up at shelters around the Independence Day holiday.

“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 ways to soothe your pet.

  • Stay calm
  • Keep your dog inside during fireworks
  • Play white noise or music
  • Make a fort or place where your dog can hide
  • Close and lock your doors
  • Talk with your veterinarian about medication

If your dog runs away, you can search for him or her on the county’s found animal database.

You can also register your dog on Finding Rover, a free dog facial recognition app that matches dogs which have been lost or found.

In San Diego, Pet Recovery Specialist Babs Fry helps coach owners who've lost dogs. Through her network, she's also able to help connect dogs spotted in the community to their owner.

Fry says sometimes our human instincts aren't the most productive in getting our pets back.

"Their objective is to get back, they come back to where they left," said Fry. "When you go look for your dog you spread your scent."

If possible, she recommends staying where the dog ran away from for 24 to 48 hours.

Open the doors and windows to your home and leave scent items like a shirt or blanket outside. Even better, Fry says, leave a strong smelling rotisserie chicken.

If possible, get friends and family to put posters out in the community.

If you spot a lost dog, Fry recommends being calm and patient. Keep your distance as you observe it and take a picture to let people know where it last was.

For help recovering a dog, you can contact Fry at 619-249-2221.

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