Pet safety during Fourth of July celebrations

While you're celebrating, it's important to keep in mind that the event can be stressful for your pets.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Fourth of July is nearly here with all its glory.

It’s a time for barbecues, family time and of course fireworks. But local animal experts say to be careful with that last one around your furry friends.

While you’re celebrating, it’s important to keep in mind that the event can be stressful for your pets.

With the loud sounds and more people around, Humane Society of The Black Hills officials say to take them out on leash to go to the bathroom and don’t leave them unattended.

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With all the uncertainty, HSBH officials say to have some familiarity can help them adapt.

“We want to make sure we they have access to something that makes them comfortable, so their favorite toys, a blanket that smells like their favorite people,” said Caitlin Ausmann, the Resource Development Specialist with HSBH.  “Some nice soft music, the radio, the tv playing something like that to help drown out the sound of the fireworks.”

Ausmann also says that you should also have proper identification for your pets, to be prepared if they run off.

If they do run off or if you’ve found a pet, she says that the humane society will be closed on Independence Day, but check back with them Tuesday, July 5, to take care of the situation.

For more information on the humane society, click here.

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