Posted 7:13 AM 7/3/2012 : Tips to keep your pets safe this 4th of July
TUCSON- Most of us will celebrate the 4th of July by eating a lot of good food and watching the fireworks. But the loud bangs and strange smells can drive your cats and dogs crazy.
"Most dogs jump out of their skin, but we stay home with my two dogs and they don't really react to it," Dog Owner Joseph Ventimiglia says.
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona says keeping the pets inside is the best way to avoid problems.
"Animals are not used to it, so it's really important to put them in a cool area, make sure you turn up the TV and turn up the radio to block out the fireworks," says HSSA spokesperson Samantha Esquivel.
Esquivel says if you can't be at home, then pet owners should look up a pet motel, or see if any friends can stay at home with their animals.
No matter where they go, all pets should wear their identification tags in case they get lost. "A lot of times we have dogs jumping the fences and cats are also running away," Esquivel says.
She says it may even be a good idea to get your pet micro chipped. "It has your information, the pet's information and it's $20," Esquivel says. "It's an easy way just to prevent your animal from getting lost."
If you lose your pet on the 4th you can head to the HSSA or the Pima Animal Care Center on July 5 to see if anyone has turned the animal in.
You can also visit their websites.
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