Remember your pets during Fourth of July weekend


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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Johnson

With the Fourth of July on the horizon, animal shelters are encouraging pet owners to remain aware of their furry friends throughout the weekend.

Many pets tend to be scared easily by fireworks, causing July 5 to be one of the most crowded days at shelters.

Thomas Sahm, office and programs manager at the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter, shared several ways that people can look after their pets this weekend.

“During the Fourth of July especially, walk your dogs during daylight when people are less likely to be setting off fireworks,” he said. “Make sure to try and keep your pets indoors if at all possible, and one thing that can help alleviate these things with pets, especially dogs, are puzzle treats you can get.”

While these tips are directed toward dogs, Sahm said it is important to keep cats in mind as well.

“We don’t as frequently see cats that are brought in because most cats are kept indoors, but you know, same thing with cats — make sure they have a quiet place to go to,” he said. “Cats feel secure when they have a place they can climb up on. That really helps alleviate stress for cats.”

Sahm added that it is also important for outdoor pets to be in a securely-fenced area and have updated tags on their collars.

If you know your pet has a significant issue with loud noises, it is suggested you reach out to your veterinarian prior to July 4.

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