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Most pets are lost during 4th of July weekend

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Iowa City Animal Services is suggesting pet owners get their pets licensed and microchipped before the 4th of July.

More animals are lost during the 4th of July celebrations than at any other time of the year. Loud noises from fireworks frighten animals due to their heightened senses of hearing, and they will do anything to escape the noise.
This behavior is usually unpredictable and out of character, and it may include chewing through a leash, jumping through screens and glass windows, digging under a fence, jumping over a wall, bolting away from the owner, and running into traffic.

Don't take your pet to fireworks displays.

Do not leave your pet in the car. 

Keep your pets indoors in a sheltered, quiet area.
Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep it company while you're attending 4th of July picnics, parades, and other celebrations.

Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain.

Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags.

Animals found running at-large should be taken to the local animal care center, where they have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.

Two forms of ID are always best when it comes to protecting your pet. If an individual finds your pet, the first thing he or she will look for is an ID tag. If your pet is taken to a shelter, it will also be scanned for a microchip.

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