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Here's how you can make sure your pet stays safe this holiday weekend

The Fourth of July can be an exciting time, but it can be a time of panic for your pets with all the sounds and festivities.

Posted: Jun 30, 2020 2:10 AM
Updated: Jun 30, 2020 10:28 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Pets can easily become overwhelmed by the sudden explosions of fireworks causing panic and fear leading to a spike in runaway pets.

Here are tips from Animal Care and Control to keep your pets safe:

  • Keep pets inside your home or inside an air-conditioned building as much as possible when fireworks are being used in your area.
  • Secure gates and supervise your animals while outside.
  • Keep current identification on your pet’s collar.
  • Ensure your pets are microchipped and all the information is current.
  • Give pets a safe place to hide and turn on a television, radio, fan or other ambient noise to drown out the sound of fireworks.
  • You can also talk to your veterinarian about medications that can help keep your pet calm during fireworks.
  • Pets should not be taken to any celebration where fireworks or sirens occur.
    • Loud noises increase the chance of your pet fleeing and becoming lost in an unfamiliar area.
  • Never take your pet in the car with you.
    • Even on a 70-degree day the inside of a car can reach temperatures of 120 degrees or more in a matter of minutes.
    • Partially opened windows won’t provide sufficient air, but do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen, experience a seizure or even death.
  • While fireworks have the potential to cause serious toxicity for pets, common concerns with exposure to fireworks include gastrointestinal upset, corrosive injury, dermal burns and possible foreign body obstruction.
  • Keep pool chemicals and products away from your pets while celebrating at pools as these can cause serious toxic exposure when pets come into direct contact with them.
  • Keep pets away from picnic foods to avoid toxic exposure - Summer festivities include a plethora of foods pets should not get into: Grapes/raisins, onions and garlic, xylitol (an ingredient commonly found in candy and chewing gum), macadamia nuts, chocolate, avocados, cherry pits and alcohol to name a few.

It’s also important to remember that during the COVID-19 pandemic social distancing applies to pets too.

While the CDC says the risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to people is low, pet owners should not let pets interact with people outside of the household out of an abundance of caution.

If your pet does happen to get lost or run away over the weekend, here's what you need to know when you come into Animal Care and Control.

"We're not allowing people to walk through our kennels anymore to look at each animal to identify theirs. We are asking them to go to our website that is updated regularly. When you come in also bring a photo of your animal because that is how we are going to match it up," Holly Pasquinelli said.

If your pet is missing, Animal Care and Control be open Monday, July 6 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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