The Fourth of July is great for humans. We get a day off, do some day drinking then watch the rockets red glare with fireworks displays all over town. Unfortunately, our pets don’t like the Fourth as much as we do. Fireworks usually scare the hell out of doggos and kittehs, and many of them run off and get lost.

Here are a couple of things you can do to help prevent them run off and how to find them if they do.

1. Make sure they microchipped – Before the Fourth rolls around, take your pet to the vet or to the Animal Services shelter to get a microchip. If your pet is microchipped already, make sure the information is up to date.
2. Get meds – If your pet is on anxiety meds or you think they might help, talk to your vet to get a prescription and if your pet is already on meds, make sure you have some to get you through the Fourth.
3. Stay home – Even if your pet isn’t afraid of fireworks, they might get agitated with the crowds and applause. Try turning on a video of dog calming music or putting them in the quietest room in the house. Pet experts say a windowless room with distracting noises like a fan or the television should help.

If your pet gets out check with animal shelters around town, especially the Humane Society, and the City of El Paso Animal Services Shelter. You can also check out the Animal Rescue League of El Paso's Facebook page. Lost & Found Pets of El Paso Facebook page is another good resource should your pet get out.

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