Jul 2, 2014 9:04 PM by Kelsey Kennedy

Keep Calm and Keep your Pets Safe this Fourth of July

While we may enjoy fireworks, they can be a major problem for our pets. Loud noises and bright flashes can be scary for the furriest members of our family.

News 5 spoke with a Colorado Springs resident whose dog was spooked by fireworks over the weekend and took off out of his front yard. Luckily, the dog is now back at home, but his owner, Lin Goodwin says she doesn't want this to happen to anyone else.

Goodwin knows her dog is terrified of loud noises, but they were both caught off guard when fireworks were set off in her neighborhood. Unfortunately the dog wasn't wearing a collar when he took off. But luckily, he was safe with a neighbor who saw a missing flyer Lin had posted, and was returned.

"We got too comfortable, to where he was never leaving the yard," Goodwin says. "So I thought for two minutes he'd be okay, and he wasn't"

Communications Specialist for the The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Gretchen Pressley, says they see an increase in strays around the Fourth of July.

"Accidents can happen all the time," she says. "Pets get loose, they slip through open doors, they bolt at loud noises. We always encourage year round, that pet owners have tags and identification on their animal."

That can be a collar and tags or a microchip, anything that identifies your pet as yours. This is true for cats as well.
Pressley says thunder shirts can help keep pets calm in stressful situations. She also recommends turning on familiar noises like music or the TV to help distract your pet from the noise of fireworks.

If you happen lose your pet, or find a lost pet, please fill out a lost or found form at:



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