Keeping Pets Safe During the 4th of July - WRBL

Keeping Pets Safe During the 4th of July

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Pet Owners should keep a watchful eye and tight leash on their dogs and cats this holiday weekend. Fireworks can scare pets and cause them to run away from home.

Missy McClure at Paws Humane says July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year at animal shelters. Unfortunately Animal Control in Columbus will be closed July 5th. A local veterinarian says keep pets indoors this holiday weekend.

Fireworks are a staple of the Fourth of July holiday, but they can cause problems with pets at home. Dr. Hank Hall at Northside Animal Hospital says burns can put a damper on the holiday for pet owners.

"We have had actual cases where a coat, a dog tail, caught on fire and of course they're running around and it like fanning the flames," says Hall.

Dr. Hall also says pets have no business down where fireworks are being set off. He says there's too much potential for the dog to be curious or to get too close or something to go awry. Missy McClure at Paws Humane says their curiosity can get them in trouble.

"They certainly are extremely curious animals and they want to go right up after you've lit that fuse and they'll walk on up there," says McClure.

Burns aren't the only issue that affect pets this holiday weekend. Pets are easily frightened by the noise of fireworks and are likely to run away during this time. Dr. Hall says it's the loud boom noise that really freaks them out.

Dr. Hall suggests keeping pets in a room with background music to keep them calm. McClures says keep your pets on a short leash when you're outdoors and watch them carefully at all times.

"The biggest thing is losing these pets. That's why around the Fourth of July we encourage people to get their tags and make sure they have some type of identification in case they just slip out," says Hall.

McClure says Animal Control will still pick up pets the 4th and 5th but pet owners will have to wait until Saturday or next Tuesday to pick them up.

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