Keep pets in mind during the holiday weekend

Posted July 03, 2017

Fourth of July is just four days away and while many families are prepping the grill, workers at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control are working to clear space. The resulting panic due to fireworks or other loud noises may make them run away or jump a fence in a terrified attempt to find safety.

Post a picture and information about your pet's last known whereabouts on social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. "Keep your pets indoors in a sheltered, quiet area". Make sure they are securely contained inside and think about leaving a radio playing if you live near a community fireworks display or in an area with lots of "unofficial" fireworks. Visit for additional information. No appointments are needed for microchipping. Never leave a pet in the auto during the summer.

Weiss told HuffPost that people should make sure to not bring their pets to fireworks shows.

Leave your pets at home! The South Texas heat can kill. At just 70 degrees, internal auto temperatures can skyrocket to more than 100 degrees in minutes.

The Columbia Fire Department warned that fireworks can cause severe burns, fractures, scars, disfigurement and even death. Please don't risk your pet's life. Fatty foods from table scraps, garlic, onions, bones, candy and products sweetened with Xylitol (such as sugarless gum) can all cause stomach issues. Clear identification can be a pet's way back home.

It's not unusual for emergency veterinarians to treat dogs for a corn cob or a rib bone they have swallowed. You might be surprised by how far a lost pet can travel.

" Protect your pet from pranksters".

It's the time of year some animals dread: fireworks season. Pets and fireworks are a risky combination.

" When in doubt, consult your veterinarian". Below are some tips on providing a comfortable setting for our pets.

The July Fourth season of firecrackers is also the busiest time of year for animal control workers who must track down, hold and return animals driven to blind flight - and sometimes injury or death when struck by vehicles - by ear-splitting bangs and blinding flashes they can not understand. Remember! It is against the law to use or display any fireworks within San Antonio and residents cannot possess, store, buy, or even transport fireworks with the city limits.