Fourth of July can be a tough time for pets

Posted: 6:54 PM, Jul 05, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-06 07:46:13-04

It's a great time of year for fireworks, but they aren't nearly as exciting for pets.

"Some dogs get really scared by fireworks and run off," says John Dinon the director of the Ingham County animal control.

Because of this, Ingham County animal control gas gad to deal with a lot of runaway pets.

"Normally in a month on a weekend, we'd get in one, two, or three dogs, this weekend we've gotten in ten," says Dinon.

But there are some precautions you can take if you're a pet owner with a scared pet.

Holly Lawrence, the director of operations at the Capital Area Humane Society says: "keep them at home. If you can keep them in an interior room with no windows, or if it has windows keep the blinds shut so they can't see the fireworks. Keep a radio or fan, or both on, so they have some background noise."

While you may want to bring them to the park, or leave them outside while neighbors are lighting off fireworks, there's a chance they will run away.

"Safest place for pets is always at home during the fireworks," says Lawrence.

If your pet has run away, you should contact your county animal control. If you're close to a county boarder, call both counties.

"We'll let you know if we have your dog," says Dinon, "but whatever we say it's always a good idea to come down and look."

That's because when the dogs come in they're cataloged by breed. Your dog could be a retriever, but they could catalog it as a lab, and if you call it won't be recognized in the system.

"We're not going to tell you it's not here, we're going to tell you to come down and look because that's the best way to be sure," says Dinon.