Fireworks and Your Pets Don't Mix

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With all of this week's festivities underway for tomorrow's holiday it is important not to forget about our four legged friends, especially when it comes to fireworks.

Fireworks are known to be loud and are what we use to celebrate our independence, but for our pets, it is a frightening way to celebrate.

"During the fourth of July season here at heart of the valley we see an increase in dogs and cats that go missing," said Amanda Davidson development assistant at Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter in Bozeman.

Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter says that more pets are lost on Independence Day than any other day of the year. But there are some ways pet owners can help avoid losing their pet.

Davidson said "people can keep their dogs indoors as well as cats. It is also advisable to put your dog or cat into an enclosed cool darkened room."

And if you feel bad leaving your pet behind there is always a way to spruce it up for them.

"With the TV going or even the radio just so that they have something to focus on other than fireworks," said Davidson.

Davidson also suggests making sure your pets ID tags are readable and up to date. In the unfortunate event your pet does disappear during this firework season, Heart of the Valley encourages you to not panic.

"We encourage people to call Heart of the Valley immediately once their pet goes missing we do have a drop off area its open 24 hours where people can drop off founds dogs or cats."

In the event your pet does come up missing, contact Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter at 406-388-9399.

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