Prepare Fido For Fireworks - Free Micro-Chipping

June 27, 2017

The Fourth of July is fun for families but can be a frightful time for our pets.

The loud noises, flashes and booms can spook dogs. Inside the home, they may choose to take cover under a bed or in your lap, but outside, dogs have been known to make a run for it by digging under or breaking through fences and enclosures.

A darting pet can be hit by vehicles, pursued by other animals and even get lost.

When pets are micro-chipped, they stand a much better chance of being reunited with their owners.  For that reason, San Diego County Animal Services is providing free micro-chipping this week.

If you’d like to get your dog microchipped, you can get one for free from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at any one of the three County shelters starting Tuesday, June 27 through Sunday, July 2. Normally, the cost is $10.  You can find shelter locations here.

As we approach the 4th, here are some good tips from County Animal Services to keep your pets safe:

  • Avoid taking your pet to fireworks displays. Keep your pets indoors in a sheltered, quiet area.
  • Some dogs become destructive when frightened so remove dangerous objects your pet may chew. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep your pet company while you’re away.
  • Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard. In their fear, pets that normally wouldn’t leave the yard may escape and get lost.
  • If you know your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult your veterinarian to see if anxiety-relieving medication is appropriate.
  • Do not leave your pet in the car. With only hot air to breathe inside a car, your pet can suffer serious health effects, even death, within minutes.
  • If you are walking your dog near fireworks displays, be sure your pet is secured on a leash in case it tries to bolt.