The 4th isn’t fun for everyone; tips for protecting your pet
Although the Fourth of July may be an exciting time for you and your family, the celebration can often be a frightening experience for your pets. Animals can be easily startled by loud noises and may start responding in ways that are not normal to their typical behavior. Some pets may go to any means necessary to escape this uncomfortable situation and may even start being destructive. Here are a few rules to follow that Maricopa County Animal Care and Control recommends:- Keep your pets inside. - If you leave your pets outdoors, the loud noises could cause them to try to escape by either digging under or jumping over a fence. Also, if a dog is tied up outside, it could strangle itself while attempting to get away. - It is best to keep your pets in a safe room, preferably without windows and leave something on like a fan, television or radio to help cover up some of the noise.- Do not bring your pets to a fireworks display or leave them in the car. "More animals are lost Fourth of July weekend than any other time of year," Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Max Wilson said. "If animals are left outdoors, they might get anxious and run away."To prevent the permanent loss of your pet, make sure that your dog or cat is always wearing a fitting collar with either a dog license or identification tag attached to it. If you do lose your pet, visit both of MCACC Centers located at 2500 South 27th Ave. in Phoenix between Lower Buckeye Road and Durango Street and 2630 West 8th St. in Mesa near Price Road.