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June 30, 2016

Keep Pets Safe on the Fourth of July

Callista Pearson - Email
385-468-7387
511 W. 3900 S., SLC UT 84123

Salt Lake City, UT – The high pitched squeals and booms of fireworks is an extremely scary time for our furry friends! Nationally more pet run away on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. In Utah, with fireworks allowed 3 days before and after the 4th and the 24th of July, Animal Control Officers are extremely busy.

Salt Lake County Animal Services is gearing up for fireworks season and we want pet owners to be prepared to help keep pets safe! Here are some simple tips:
 

-          Take your dog for walks early in the day before the fireworks start going off.

-          Leave pets at home when you head to the park to see fireworks.

-          Give them a safe place to retreat to, such as a crate or bed, and check on them every few hours.

-          Turn on the radio and play soft music for them to try and distract them from the sounds of the fireworks.

-          Keep them indoors, lower the blinds and close windows. When scared, dogs and cats will break through screens to escape their home.

-          MOST IMPORTANTLY, make sure your dog/cat is microchipped and the contact information on the microchip is up to date. If you don’t have time to get them microchipped before the holiday be sure to put a collar and ID tag on them.

-          Prevent injury or bites to yourself. If you find a lost or injured animal, they will be scared, please contact your local animal services and have an officer pick them up.

As a reminder, Salt Lake County Animal Services provides free microchips to residents in our service area.  We will be closed on July 4, but we plan on an extremely busy July 5.



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