Friday , 21 October 2016
(photo by Gabriel D. Espinoza, for Victor Valley News)
(photo by Gabriel D. Espinoza, for Victor Valley News)

Keeping Dogs Safe During 4th of July

VICTOR VALLEY:( Statistics show more dogs run away on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Every year local Animal Control agencies are flooded with found dogs. Social media groups and pages of families searching for their family pets sadly becomes the norm.

Think of it like this, when humans hear an unexpected loud sound we become startled. Our heart rate increases and our adrenaline gets going. Dog’s are very much the same way. It’s perfectly normal for dogs to be afraid of loud booms or thunder.

Naturally, the sound of fireworks trigger the dog’s nervous system and causes stress and anxiety. A dog’s natural instinct tell’s them to run. Often times, this means breaking or jumping over fences.

Pet ID tags are very inexpensive, take a few minutes to create, and very easy to find at many local stores. As the leader of your pack, it’s your responsibility to take the necessary steps to ensure this Independence Day will be easy for your pet.

Below are a few extra steps you can take to ensure your pets are safe and don’t try and escape their yards.

  • Prepare your house before the fireworks start by closing all windows & curtains to dampen the noise. Maybe place the pet in an interior room & leave lights and a television or radio on to drown out the fireworks.
  • Provide sufficient food and water in the room to provide comfort and help calm the pet.
  • Keep an eye on your pet if possible, remember you’re their “Pack Leader” and best friend!
  • If your pet is “Outside Only” check the yard to shore up any holes or loose boards.
  • Make sure your pets have a collar with your contact information and if possible, get your pet micro-chipped.
  • If you know your pet will have anxiety during this patriotic holiday; consult a veterinarian.

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog

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(Precaution tips courtesy of Riverside County Sheriffs)

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About Hugo C Valdez

Hugo Valdez has lived in the Victor Valley for over 25 years. His strength is community visionary and leadership. He founded Victor Valley News in 2012 in the effort to bring more awareness and fellowship to the local residents. He has a background in marketing/advertising under his belt. To reach Hugo, send an e-mail to or call him at (760) 998-1598.

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