Pittsylvania Pet Center offers tips on keeping pets safe, calm at home on Fourth of July

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — While the Fourth of July may be one of the most fun days of the year, it is also the day when the most pets reportedly go missing, which is why the Pittsylvania Pet Center is offering pet-owners a few safety tips to keep your furry friends safe and sound this holiday weekend.

According to the Pittsylvania Pet Center, more pets go missing on Fourth of July than any other day of the year. As such, the pet center shared the following tips to make sure dogs enjoy the holiday, too:

  • Take your dog out for a long walk before the festivities kick off, allowing them a chance to use the bathroom before the noise starts and tiring them out ahead of time.
  • Make sure your dog is wearing an ID collar with your current contact information, but in case the collar comes off, make sure your dog has a microchip registered to your address.
  • Never use fireworks around your dog, and definitely do not bring your dog to a loud, crowded fireworks display. The noise can scare them enough that they run away, or the fireworks might accidentally burn them.
  • Consider staying home with our dog — especially if they have anxiety — to make sure they stay safe and stay put.
  • If you’re dog is extremely anxious, speak with your vet about giving them a mild sedative to keep them calm.
  • If you must leave your dog at home, make sure the windows are shut and the shades drawn. In addition, turn some music on to help drown out the fireworks, and leave a toy or long-lasting treat behind to keep your entertained.

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