Keeping your pets safe this 4th of July

RAPID CITY, S.D. – If your dog or cat might be a little on the anxious side when it comes to fireworks or loud noises, there are steps you can take to keep them safe and comfortable this 4th of July.

According to Kelsey Harty with Animal Services and Enforcement, Independence Day is their busiest time of the year as dogs get scared and run-away from home or get hurt. So what can you do to make sure your furry companions are safe and comfortable before you head out to celebrate this Independence Day? “I would definitely put them in a separate room. If they have a kennel, put them in their kennel. Put some of their favorite toys in there. Maybe a bone or something to chew on for a while. You can turn on the TV or turn on a radio and turn it up pretty high so that way it’s kind of a distraction from some of the noises going on outside,” said Harty.

You can also contact your veterinarian for some help when it comes to calming down your pet during this holiday. If you have to leave your pet outdoors for whatever reason, just be sure to take the necessary precautions, in case they decide to make a run for it. Harty adds that this is the perfect time of year to make sure that your dog’s licenses are on and that they have their rabies tag, along with your contact information. “Always make sure that you’re answering phone numbers you don’t know because you never know if your dog got out and someone is trying to get a hold of you. Just be aware that it is a possibility and it happens more than you think it does.”

Animal services is closed on the 4th of July so if you have an emergency that they need to be informed of, please contact non-emergency dispatch. They will then reach out to the on-call Animal Services officer if necessary.

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