It is close to the time when July 4th fireworks will begin to be set off in neighborhoods everywhere. This is a time of year when the number of dogs who are lost, and the population in animal shelters, surges. Even leashed dogs will panic and break loose when frightened by fireworks. Fenced dogs will also panic and crawl or climb to get free. Often these dogs continue to run in panic because of the continuing bursts of fireworks, until they become completely lost.
Take extra care on evening walks and turn-outs. When you leave in the evening, it may be a good idea to pull down the blinds and turn on the television or radio or other competing noise source to keep your dogs and cats calm.