MEMPHIS, Tennessee —
The 4th of July often is a stressful time for our pets, with more running away during the holiday than any other day of the year.
The high-pitched squeals, loud booms, and bright flashes from fireworks can send even the bravest dogs running.
“They're not used to it, it's extremely loud on their ears, and so, historically, we've seen a real increase in the number of pets that turn up missing or lost because they get nervous, because they're outside in the yard, and they end up getting loose because they're trying to escape that loud fireworks sound,” said Alexis Puch, Memphis Animal Services Director.
Pugh has some suggestions for how to keep your pet safe this weekend.
First, make sure your pet is wearing an up-to-date id tag or a microchip. Take them outside beforehand so that they won't need to go out during fireworks. If you have a pet that's sensitive, keep them in an interior room without windows and put on music or the TV so that the fireworks don't startle them. Also, give them treats and be around them to comfort them.