Fourth of July flagged as the day of the year for most missing pets

Tracy Gladney

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More pets go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year.Timfly.

Of all holidays celebrated in the United States, Independence Day has been identified as the one where most pets go missing.

More specifically, of all the days of the year, the Fourth of July is flagged as the day when most pets go missing.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (A.V.M.A.) offers the following advice to pet owners:

Preparing for the 4th of July:

1. Ensure your pets are tagged with up-to-date identification in the event they go missing or lost.

2. If you have not microchipped your pet, talk to your vet about the procedure because it greatly increases the chance they will be tracked back to you if they are lost and found.

3. If your pet is microchipped, make sure your information is up-to-date with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

The top three pets that run away are dogs, cats and birds.

Of the dog breeds, the ones most likely to run away are Labrador retrievers, chihuahuas and pit bulls.

Cat breeds most likely to go missing include Persians, Siamese and domestic short hairs.

The bird breeds more likely to fly away are parrots, parakeets and cockatoos.

According to the Wichita Police Department in Kansas, "The booming sounds of fireworks elicit a fear or anxiety response in pets. Dogs are most at risk for noise aversion reactions, although cats may also respond to specific noises with anxiety. For example, your pet may react by hiding, and many pets may become confused."

According to Catherine Dennig, co-founder and CEO of Fursure, a San Francisco-based pet insurance marketplace, do not take your pet to loud explosive fireworks gatherings.

It is safer to leave pets at home in their familiar, comfortable, quieter environment with a pet bed or crate they can go to in order to feel secure.

Taking them to an unfamiliar environment with explosive noises exposed to their sensitive hearing creates a higher likelihood that the pet will run away.

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Tracy Gladney is a freelance journalist. She reports on lifestyle and culture and lends a compassionate voice to those in need throughout the community.

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