Fireworks and Pets Don't Mix

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, July 3, 2009

“To them, loud, whistling noises are certainly pretty frightening.” 

Vicki Fletcher is the chief Animal Services officer for the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department in Woodland. 

She says it’s common for dogs to become so frightened that they run away to escape from the noise…many times into traffic.

Fletcher says her staff will be on call to pick up strays. 

“We usually have an increased number of standby calls on the 4th of July holiday and usually even a little bit before and a little bit after simply because people continue to use the fireworks.” 

If you’re going to be leaving your dog home alone at some point this weekend, Fletcher says you should keep them indoors with the curtains and windows closed. And leave the radio on to cover up the sounds of fireworks outside.

Fletcher says you should also make sure your pet has an ID collar case they do run away.