Keeping your pet safe on the Fourth of July

Fireworks are a longstanding Fourth of July tradition. However, for some pets, the loud noises are not a reason to celebrate, they are a reason to panic.

On and around Fourth of July, local shelters see an increase of animals come in. The Jackson County Animal Shelter says they see an average of 60 extra animals during the week of this summer holiday.

With a little preparation, you can eliminate a lot of the extra stress on your furry friend. Keeping your pet in a room with no windows or doors with some music playing is an easy way to keep your animal safe.

For animals that are afraid, it might be a good idea to talk to your veterinarian about anti-anxiety medication.

Jackson County Animal Shelter Adoption Coordinator Maridee Mallette also recommends that everyone has their pets microchipped in case they do get loose. “Put your animals up. If you love them and they mean something to you like my Gypsy does, put them up. I put all of my animals up. Everyone pops fireworks where I live so I know this is going to happen. I love her so much. Why would you not?”

The Jackson County Animal Shelter will be closed until Monday, but if you do lose your pet you can reach out to them via Facebook and they will assist you.

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