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Some pets go missing due to fireworks

June 26, 2011 at 2:56 PM

SUMMIT, N.J., June 26 (UPI) -- Fourth of July fireworks can scare pets and the holiday leads to more cats and dogs going missing than any other day of the year, a pet recovery service says.

HomeAgain, offered by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, a national HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service, which reunites 10,000 lost pets each month with their families, has designed the Not Lost on You a social media campaign alerting pet owners to keep their four-legged family members safe.

HomeAgain reminds pet owners of the following recommendations to ensure pet safety during the Fourth of July festivities and all year round to:

-- Keep pets safely at home and away from fireworks festivities.

-- Find a quiet place to keep your pet while fireworks displays are taking place.

-- Turn on a radio, fan or television to distract pets from outside noise.

-- Ensure windows and doors are securely closed to prevent pets from running off in the event they become startled by unexpected sounds.

-- Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with visible identification tags.

-- Microchip your pet and keep your contact information up to date in a national database.

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