Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Holiday Weekend

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Fireworks are fun for people to watch but can cause serious anxiety for your pets

Because scared animals will likely run, Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare is already preparing.

“There will be a huge increase in the number of strays. We are already gearing up and trying to move dogs around and trying to free up some kennel space for that purpose,” said Christy Fischer, the assistant director at AAM&W.

One of the biggest steps you can take to make sure your dog doesn’t run are keeping them inside, where they are safe.

“This is not the time of year, even the few days before 4th of July and few days after to leave dogs or cats outside unattended for any period of time,” added Fischer.

If a dog is left outside and chained up, they can risk a serious injury or even death if they try and run.

“I have seen dogs run into fences to get away from the fireworks because it is shocking to them, they don’t know it is coming you know, they don’t know what it is. It could be as far as they know, a gunshot,” said Jena McFall with the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society.

Some of the signs you may see if your dog is afraid are panting, shaking and trying to hide under objects.

McFall says if you have one scared dog, your other pets may also become anxious.

“If one of your dogs is afraid of fireworks, it will probably take the other dogs with it when it runs, so be aware of that and prepare, make plans right now to make sure your pets are safe on the fourth,” added McFall.
Animal Management and Welfare suggests you make sure your pet’s tags are up to date with your contact information in case they get lost.
 

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