While most people enjoy fireworks, pets usually don’t. A dog’s hearing can be 10 times more sensitive than humans and the sound of fireworks can terrify them. But you can protect and keep them safe during the celebrations and fireworks by following these tips:
Keep them home: Because the fireworks are loud and can even damage a dog’s hearing, do not take them with you. Leave them indoors in a safe and secure room. Do not leave pets outside, even in a fenced yard they could easily escape because they are so terrified by the noise.
Keep them safe indoors: Leave a TV or radio on, which may help block out the sound of fireworks. Make sure all windows are closed.
Keep proper ID on your pets: Have your dog’s tag on at all times and microchip both dogs and cats. If they do escape from your home, Mission Viejo Animal Services can get them back quickly to you with the proper identification.
Treats: Human foods and other 4th of July treats can be harmful to your pets as well as alcoholic beverages. Keep those items in a place that your pet cannot get to and don’t allow others to give your pets human food as treats.
The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center will be closed on July 4th but will have staff available to respond to emergencies only. If you have an emergency situation, call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch at 714-288-6742.
If your pet goes missing during the holiday, report your information to Animal Services at 470-3045. You can also visit the center’s website (cmvas.org) to see lost and found pets posted online. The website is updated daily.