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Pet Safety Tips to Prepare for Fourth of July Weekend

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When planning your Fourth of July weekend, don't forget to consider the extra things your pet may need. Albemarle County Animal Control has some tips for pet owners ahead of the weekend.

It can be easy to forget that the celebrations we enjoy each year can be scary for our pets. Many animals are terrified of fireworks, large crowds, and even other dogs or children.

Animal control officers say you should make sure your pets - particularly dogs - have proper identification attached to them in case they do get loose or separated from you for any reason. You also want to be certain they have a safe and shady place to be out of the heat with plenty of water.

When in public, the most important thing is that you have absolute control of your pet.

"Especially at a large event like the Fourth of July where there are other dogs, there are children around, and of course the loud noises with the fireworks, so you want to have control of your animal because even a friendly dog that might not have a tendency to bite might become aggressive out of fear in a circumstance like that,” said Carter Johnson, public information officer for the Albemarle County Police Department.

Animal control also stresses that there is no better kind of restraint during these types of events than a leash.

Different events and locations have varying pet policies, so make sure you know the rules before you go. If you're going to leave your pet at home, consider checking for events near your house that could scare them.

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