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Fireworks can make for frantic pets

Pet-lovers know how hard the 4th of July is for animals, and the fireworks can be a little much.

The Pocatello Animal Shelter says this is the busiest time of year for them.

Dogs may want to run away from the loud noises of the fireworks. They’re scared and if they’re alone, they even go searching for their owners.

Many dogs are perfectly happy playing in the yard with their family during the day. But come nighttime when the fireworks happen, and they can completely change their behavior.

“We have seen dogs climb the best fences, dig through the best defenses, break through the best defenses and even break through glass windows,” said Mary Remer, Pocatello Animal Shelter director. “So even sometimes having them secure in the house isn’t secure enough.”

However the best place for them is inside. Remer says a secure room with little opportunity to hurt themselves trying to get out is best.

She suggested leaving the television or radio on, just to ensure the only noise they hear isn’t fireworks.

She says leaving them outside, even with proper water, is an opportunity for your pet to run away.

“It’s a scary time for dogs and cats,” she added. “It’s just really hard on them.”

Taking your pet with you if you are going to see fireworks is also not advised, as you would just be bringing them closer to the noise.

If possible, a family member could stay with them, or you could drop them off at a friend’s house.

Remer also suggested boarding, which usually takes planning in advance. She said the noises of the other dogs barking could help your dog be more at ease during the fireworks.

She also took the opportunity to remind people about how to get your animal if they do run away, and explained that a collar on your dog may not be enough.

“Microchipping is a great source,” Remer explained. “If they do get out and they lose their collar and tags, we will still find that chip in the animal, and we can track down some kind of ownership for you.”

The Animal Shelter is closed during the holiday, but there is an Animal Control officer on duty.

The Animal Shelter resumes normal business hours Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Talk to your veterinarian about your options to calm your animal. Do not medicate your dog yourself.

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