Keeping Your Pets Safe on the 4th of July

By Brad Douglas

Published 07/01 2014 05:26PM

Updated 07/01 2014 07:57PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- Mary Anne Schlau works at the Golden Paw Pet Rescue in Joplin. She says it's important to make sure your animal has a microchip and a dog collar. Dogs often run away from home when they hear loud fireworks. Also, if the dog is panting and nervous, make sure to keep them inside the home so they feel secure. 

"You will find more dogs in the shelter after the 4th of July, than you will any other time of the year, runaway dogs. The very best thing you can do, and microchipping is awesome, but if you want to get your dog back a little faster, make sure they have tags on," said Mary Anne Schlau, Golden Paw Pet Rescue.

Another hint to help your dog is to close your windows and turn up the volume of your television so it drowns out the sound for your dog. 

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