A Longview Animal Center shared pet safety tips for the 4th of July

The 4th of July fireworks might be fun for us, but for our pets, the sounds of fireworks in the air can put them in a “ruff” situation.

LONGVIEW, Texas — The 4th of July is a time to celebrate America’s birthday with friends, food, and of course, fireworks! But sometimes our four-legged friends can be supervised having fun, which puts them in a “paw” mood.

“When that firework is going to go off. It makes your dog say, ‘Oh my God, what’s going on,'” said Chris Kemper, Animal Services Manager for the Town of Longview.

To ensure the safety of our pets, the Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center recommends keeping them indoors.

“Find a safe place where you can put them so that if they get scared they don’t run away,” Kemper said. “Give them a blanket, do they have a favorite blanket, make sure she’s clean, make sure she’s in the doghouse with them, she’s in the crate with them, and give them something chew [since it] relieves anxiety.”

The Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center says it’s important to have your pets microchipped year-round, not just around the 4th of July.

“Everyone should invest in making sure your dog has the tools to get home if they get lost,” Kemper said. “And it doesn’t matter if it’s fireworks or if the person mowing your garden accidentally leaves the gate out of whack. You should always make sure to follow these steps because an animal that comes in here with a microchip or a current label, we come home 90% of the time.”

The Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center is offering a $10 microchip through Saturday.

“Before the fourth, we’re going to do $10 microchipping, which is half the price. So for $10 you get permanent identification on your pet. [if] anyone scans it, they can call you right away [and] they can bring your pet home,” Kemper said.

But if your pet does run away, you should contact your local animal shelter, veterinary clinic, or even spread the word on social media.

“It’s whether it’s here, whether it’s anywhere, [or] call the shelter from your local animal control agencies. [It’s] the first thing you can do, because that’s who’s probably going to get in touch with you,” Kemper said.

Click HERE for more tips from the Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center on how to keep your pets safe this holiday weekend.

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Benjamin M. Yerger