4th of July safety tips for pet owners

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ROCKFORD (WTVO) – July 4th is just a handful of days away. While the holiday may be a day to party for you, it could be one of the scariest for your pets.

It wouldn’t be an Independence Day celebration without fireworks, but those impressive displays have negative affects on our furry friends. One way to make sure your fur babies have a safe holiday is to keep a close eye on them while outside. A scared dog can quickly jump over or dig under a fence to get away from the noise. Even if they’re in the yard, the 4th is a good day to leash dogs every potty break, and keep those breaks short. The rest of the night, it’s all about distracting pets from the noise.

“In the house, you can play the radio, play the TV a little louder, run a fan, play your dog’s favorite game. Sometime that distracts them from the noise as well.”, said adoption coordinator for Winnebago County Animal Services, Donna Apgar.

As an extra safety measure, also make sure your pet’s chip and identification information is up to date in case they do get out.

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