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How to keep your pet safe and calm during the 4th of July holiday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- If you're thinking about bringing your pet to a fireworks show, Dane County Humane Society officials say you shouldn't.

DCHS says firework noises can cause a great deal of stress for all animals, and they are encouraging pet owners to take extra precautions to keep their pets safe and calm while celebrating the Fourth of July holiday. 

“The loud fireworks and large gatherings of people at public festivities can be extremely stressful for your pets,” Gayle Viney, DCHS Public Relations Coordinator, said. “It’s best to enjoy the Independence Day holiday by ensuring that your animals are safe and secure at home.”

DCHS strongly urges pet owners to use extra thought and caution when deciding whether to bring pets along to enjoy firework activity.  

“We often see an increase of stray animals come in during firework season,” Viney said.

If your pet does escape and becomes lost, DCHS says to have an action plan in place, organized in a folder with pet information and a photograph that can be copied or e-mailed. Officials say to contact DCHS  immediately.

DCHS offers the following tips to keep your pet safe and calm:

  • Resist the urge to take your pet to fireworks displays.
  • Keep pets indoors, close the curtains. Take them outside to “do their business” prior to the fireworks starting. Turn on the radio or television to help mask outdoor noises.
  • Keep a well-fitting collar and identification/license on your pet. Licensed, micro-chipped and dogs with ID tags have a better chance of being returned to their owners.
  • If you have a new pet and you do not know how it will react to loud noises, stay with your pet.
  • If you must be outside, keep your pet on a leash or carrier at all times.
  • A pet may overcome loud-noise phobia with appropriate training, behavior modification and possible medication. Talk with a trainer, animal behaviorist or veterinarian about different options.

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