July 03, 2013
The Fourth of July might not be a good day to take out your four-legged friend.
That's because more dogs go missing on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year.
The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA explains the loud bangs and booms from the fireworks scare animals.
They recommend keeping your dog at home.
"One thing you want to keep in mind is try to keep all your pets indoors when the fireworks are going on," said Beth McPhee with the CASPCA.
If you do choose to take your dog outside, McPhee recommends some precautions.
"If they are going out or you're going to take them out, make sure you have identification on them so your animal comes back to you right away," McPhee said.
If you do lose your pet, the SPCA recommends calling their office and letting them know so that they can be on the look out for your pet. She also recommends visiting the SPCA in person to see if your pet is there.
Also, tell everyone in the area you lost your pet. For example, if you lost your dog in you neighborhood, ask you neighbors and your mail carrier, as someone may have seen your pet.