Midwest City Animal Shelter Gives Fireworks Safety Tips For Your Pets

Friday, July 4th 2014, 6:02 pm
By: News 9

While most kids and adults are looking forward to the fireworks and the Fourth of July festivities, many pets are not.

The loud noises and bright lights can really cause anxiety for your cats and dogs. The warm weather can also create a deadly situation, if you decide to take your pets with you and then leave them in a hot car.

Just the slightest pop can set off some serious anxiety in even the most laid back pooch.

"You know we can't convey to them that it's ok," said Adrian Sanders with Midwest City Animal Control. "We don't speak the same language, so when they develop these irrational fears you know it usually sticks with them."

The day after the Fourth of July is usually when places like the Midwest City Animal Shelter, see the most animals end up in their kennels.

"With everyone shooting fireworks and everything it tends to get them upset and tend to get their senses stirred up," said Sanders. "A lot of people don't realize until the Fourth of July their dog can climb the fence, or it can dig under the fence. We don't want people to figure that out tonight when everyone is shooting off fireworks."

The most important thing you can do is to make sure your dog is tagged with your phone number.

Whether it is with a dog tag, microchip, or even just writing your phone number with permanent marker on a dog collar.

"Also we offer a city licenses here in Midwest City, which is a good form of identification should the dog get lost," said Sanders.

Experts said another thing you need to remember when you're driving around on this holiday weekend, is to never leave your pet unattended in the car, even with the windows cracked. It can get pretty hot and a dog can overheat.

Midwest City says they do take a no tolerance stance on leaving a pet in a car and do consider it animal cruelty. You can also get slapped with a hefty ticket. Midwest City charges around $500 dollars.