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Keeping pets safe over Fourth of July holiday

Marian Camacho
July 02, 2019 05:27 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The City of Albuquerque's Animal Welfare Department is offering up some pet safety tips ahead of the Fourth of July weekend. 

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Officials say fireworks can often cause pets to act out of character, with some running away out of fear.

Animal Welfare offered up the following tips to help keep your pets safe:

  1. Leave your pets at home and indoors. The noise of the fireworks for most pets could cause anxiety, fear and a desire to flee.
  2. Keep pets in a lit, cool, calm closed room with familiar sounds and chew toys that will help to distract and make the animal feel safe. 
  3. Identification tags and microchips are a must in case the pet escapes. This will help to reunite the pets and the owners quickly and effectively. Please make sure information on tags and microchips are updated.
  4. If the pet gets especially stressed, ask your vet for help to calm your pet down.

Pets that get lost and end up at shelters will be returned to owners free of charge if the pet is spayed or neutered.

The department is even offering free micro chipping for pets of anyone who reads this story and goes to an Animal Welfare location through Friday. All you have to mention is that you saw the story on KOB.

Click here for locations of Animal Welfare shelters.

Recommendations from Veterinarian, Dr.  Dr. Jeff Nichol:

Dr. Jeff Nichol specializes in pet phobias.

He said owners should make sure their pets aren't near windows if they are scared of fireworks. 

"I've sutured some major lacerations on dogs who have hurt themselves doing that [jumped through windows] and then they get hit in the road doing that," Dr. Nichol said. 

Providing pets with anti-anxiety medication is an option for pets. Dr. Nichol recommends Sileo.

"It comes in a syringe, no needle," he said. "And goes in between the gum and lower lip." 

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