ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Bernalillo County Animal Services says they’ve been seeing a lot more pets ever since the Fourth of July. They say the combination of fire works and recent storms bringing thunder and lightning has sent pets running scared.
The sound of thunder can be startling, especially if you’re not expecting it. Yet, imagine if you’re hearing was even better. It is for your pets.
“Dogs’ hearing is so much more acute than ours so when you get scared by that bolt of lightning and thunder that happens, it’s really bad for them,” explained Bernalillo County Animal Care Services Director Misha Goodman.
It’s why Goodman is blaming a week or more of loud sounds for sending a number of pets running scared from fireworks on the Fourth to monsoon storms. She says it’s led to an uptick in the number of pets coming into their facility.
“A lot of them are shaking as if they’ve had a bad experience,” said Goodman.
What’s more, she says many of them have no form of ID.
“No collar, no tag, no microchip, that too is so important so that we can simply get the animal back home,” Goodman said.
While proper identification helps get your pets home safely, Goodman says there are steps you can take to keep loud sounds from sending them bolting in the first place.
“If you have an animal that’s scared of this type of storm on a regular basis, you can look at the weather, maybe talk to your veterinarian about getting some kind of medication to help your animal out, while you’re away,” Goodman explained.
It’s important to bring your pet inside during these storms to find a secure location for them and keep them safe.
Goodman adds, if you have a puppy, you can train them early on. Find thunder sounds on the Internet and start by playing them softly for your pet. You can gradually kick up the volume until they don’t bother your pup.
Animal services also stresses the importance of keeping your pets’ rabies vaccines up to date. When pets run off, they’re likely to come in contact with wildlife. Plus, when they’re scared, they’re more likely to bite. The vaccines protect both your pet and your community.