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Tips To Keep Your Pet's Calm During The 4th of July

Margie Shafer
June 21, 2018 - 10:07 am
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The 4th of July is just two weeks away and as KCBS Radio's Margie Shafer reports, there are some steps to take before the holiday to keep your pet safe.

Do you love your dog or cat? If you haven't already, make sure your pets have current identification. Buffy Martin Tarboz with the Peninsula Humane Society and the SPCA urges getting a microchip.

In the case where you and your pet get separated when fireworks explode, every year, animals are brought to shelters as strays or "they go to a vet, all that person has to do is scan for that microchip and the owner's information shows up."  Tarboz says. "We can then contact the owner and say 'we have your dog,' 'we have your cat, here.'" 

Getting a microchip is a quick procedure that can be done at the vet or many humane societies.

Before the fireworks fly, it's best to make sure your dog or cat is inside. Tarboz says most cats will hide, while dogs will flee. So, "While at home, keep pets inside a room in the house. Make sure that the blinds or drapes are down," and consider leaving a TV, radio or fan on to drown out the firewodks noise.

If you know your pet will have severe anxiety from fireworks, "talk to your veterinarian on the possibility of giving your pet a mild tranquilizer. That can help ease their anxiety and their fears during the Fouth of July celebrations."

More information can be found at peninsulahumanesociety.org.