Keeping pets safe during fireworks

RENO, NV (KOLO) Plenty of fireworks will be going off during the July 4th holiday but for our furry family members, this can cause a lot of stress and anxiety.

"The best thing to do is keep them in a quiet, real comfortable space, turn some noise on that they are used to, some fans are helpful, so if there's like ceiling fans or window fans it kind of breaks the sound barrier and makes them a little more comfortable," Tammy Jennings, of Washoe County Regional Animal Services, says.

Jennings also suggests keeping pets inside, in their crates or somewhere they can't get out of. She says Animal Services sees more dogs than usual the day after the Fourth of July because dogs tend to run away when they are frightened by the sound of fireworks.

Jennings says if you haven't gotten your pets micro-chipped, it is vital do so as soon as possible because you have a far better chance of getting them back if they have a microchip. Washoe County Animal Services offers micro chipping for free weekdays.

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