Pets and fireworks don’t mix

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region says dogs should be left at home this Fourth of July.
The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region says dogs should be left at home this Fourth of July.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Food, fireworks and fun all mix well together, but one thing that doesn’t is Fido.

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region said every Fourth of July they see an increase in the number of strays brought to their facility and the number of lost pet reports.

“It’s very important to first of all not take your pets to any events that may have fireworks or other loud noises because they can become very anxious or afraid and they can bolt when you’re least expecting,” said Gretchen Pressley, HSPPR Community Relations Manager.

But even when left at home, the holiday weekend can still cause your pets stress.

“A lot of times there are loud noises, sparklers, fireworks set off in the neighborhood that your pet can be afraid of,” said Pressley.

Pressley said dogs should be kept in a quiet dark room with lots of toys. She also suggested picking up a Thundershirt if your dog is routinely anxious around loud noises.

“This flap here hugs them tightly and it helps them feel a little more secure when they’re afraid,” she said.

If your pet does go missing this weekend, the Humane Society said the first thing to do is fill out a lost pet form on their website at hsppr.org/lost

“Every stray that comes into our facility is held for a minimum of five days while we search for their owner and to give the owner time to get in touch with us as well,” Pressley said.

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