How to keep your pets safe this Fourth of July

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How to keep your pets safe this Fourth of July

"Fourth of July fireworks might be a tradition for your family, but they are not fun for your pets", says Shyanne Schull, director of Washoe County Regional Animal Services.

Piscia advised pet owners to, at a minimum, keep sensitive animals in inner rooms of the home, and to play soft music to calm them.

"Don't let your guard down".

Most humans enjoy the sights, sounds and feelings that fireworks provide, but your pets may think differently.

Pets should not be taken to any parade or celebration where fireworks or sirens occur.

If a pet does get out, Glunt suggests using social media to connect with neighbors who my have seen it.

-Do not take your pet to fireworks displays.

If help from county animal control services is needed to tend to a runaway pet, callers can reach a dispatcher at 707-253-4517. If your pet suffers from severe anxiety (trembling or shaking, sudden urination, pacing or frantic chewing), consult your veterinarian before the holiday regarding treatment options.

Use ambient noise to mask firework noises.

With the big holiday just three days away, here are a couple of tips pet owners can do to try to ease the burden for your pets while all of the mayhem is going on outside. Front Street Animal Shelter will also allow owners to reclaim their lost pets for free (no fees) through July 9. Many dogs are afraid of fireworks, and some even exhibit an extreme, phobic response. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com. Dogs trying to escape the noises can become panicked, scale fences they never did before, or injure themselves by becoming entangled in ropes.

Leaving your pet indoors in a sheltered, quiet area during fireworks displays.

In addition to ID methods on your pets, keep clear photos of them handy, along with a written description of their appearance.

If your pet is lost, contact Animal Friends of the Valleys at 951-674-0618. That's the ideal opportunity to include pets in the holiday festivities, decking them out in their best red, white, and blue duds and accessories. Roaming animals stand the risk of being picked up by the city's Animal Care Officers.

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