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July 4th Pet Safety Tips
For most people, Fourth of July celebrations mean having fun lighting fireworks, hosting parties or taking a picnic out to a fireworks display. However, these festivities can cause a lot of undue stress for our pets – and may even be dangerous. Historically, July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters.
Fireworks and loud celebrations can scare pets and may cause them to run away.
Here are some tips to make sure your Independence Day is fun and safe for both you and your pets:
- Make sure your pet is wearing a well-fitting collar with up-to-date license tags, and consider having them microchipped.
- Keep pets indoors. Walk your dog, and feed pets early, before the fireworks begin.
- Identify a safe, cool and secured area indoors for your pet where it’s quiet, or turn on some gentle music to help avoid undue stress and injury.
- If you are going out to a fireworks display with the family, leave Fido and Miss Kitty at home in the safe area set up for them and give them a special treat or toy.
- Consider an anxiety or thunder jacket.
- We know lit fireworks can cause injury and burns, but unused fireworks if ingested by a pet are toxic and can cause serious illness.
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