Santa Clarita residents with animal companions are being urged to consider pet safety as the Fourth of July approaches and the sound of fireworks becomes more common.
All pets are different and react to the stimulation of fireworks differently, according to Dr. Jaimie Ronchetto of Cinema Veterinary Centre.
“Fourth of July is so fun, but those fireworks can be really terrifying for our pets,” said Ronchetto in a previous story. “With all the loud noises, that and New Years I would say are the biggest times of the year where pets get out and get lost because they’re running from fear of the noises.”
Ronchetto also warns many veterinary clinics are not open on July 4. Because most practices will be observing the holiday, it is recommended to make any necessary appointments ahead of time.
As residents plan ahead in anticipation of fireworks, several arrangements can be met to help mitigate possible issues from arising with animal companions.
Before celebrations begin, pets should be secured inside and made as comfortable as possible, according to Ronchetto.
“For my own dog, he’s very scared of fireworks,” Ronchetto said. “If I forget to give him his sedative … or I just forget to give it in time and it hasn’t really taken effect, I put him in a bathroom with his bed and I turn the fan on … or my phone going with music on, and I turn the lights low so he can relax. That seems to work really well.”
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Make sure all doors and windows are securely shut for indoor pets, and bring outdoor pets inside if possible. If this is not possible, make sure gates and fences are secured.
The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) had similar tips, even suggesting house pets should be microchipped and dogs should be left at home.
“The Fourth of July is a busy time for us,” said Don Belton, public information officer for DACC. “Many animals come into our animal care centers around this time. As a result, we have special discounts July 1 through 14 on dogs and cats.”
The special discount to be recognized by the Castaic DACC location includes $4 cat adoptions and $40 for large dog adoptions, according to an official statement.
While penalties exist for those who store, manufacture, sell, use or handle fireworks without a valid permit in many areas of Los Angeles County, including Santa Clarita, fireworks are expected to become more prevalent on the day of and during the week leading up to Independence day, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox. Report a typo or error, email Corrections@hometownstation.com
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