Protect your pets this Fourth of July

Published 4:42 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society wants to remind pet owners that more pets, especially dogs, go missing on July 4 than any other day of the year. The local shelter will be closed on the 4th, but according to shelter worker, Ashley White, “On July 5, when the shelter opens, the phone begins to ring off the hook with people saying their dogs are missing.”

Some helpful tips are offered to keep your dogs safe and comfortable. First of all, take them inside and keep them inside. Turn on the television or radio to help drown out the sound of fireworks. Check with pet stores for calming items, and or your veterinarian for anti-anxiety medications.  Above all else, the Society warns, “Do not take your dogs to fireworks displays.”

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If your dog disappears, call Animal Control at 229-515-0172, to report the missing pet. Also, post a photo of your dog and its last known location on the Shelter website or Facebook page.

Above all, show respect for others in your neighborhood by limiting your use of fireworks at home.

In many neighborhoods fireworks are not confined to the 4th, but may be set off days before and after the 4th, as people don’t always stick to the actual holiday.

Enjoy your 4th, but remember your pets don’t understand the noise and confusion.