Fourth of July

dog flagI hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!  While humans enjoy the parties and fireworks, pets are often left frightened on this particular holiday.  Unfortunately, it’s also a common time for pets to run away.  The following are a few tips to keep your pets safe on July 4th.

1. Keep your pets indoors and at home.  
Fireworks and other loud noises may scare your pets.  It’s not uncommon for dogs to jump fences or break free from leashes in fear.  Keep your pets safe from the noise in a quiet, escape-proof area of your home.  Turn on the tv or radio to cover the sound of the fireworks.  Walk dogs in the early evening before it becomes dark.

2. Pets and alcohol don’t mix.
Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, pets could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.

3. Make sure you pets have proper id.
Make sure your pets have current id tags.  Make sure you have current pictures of your pets in case they do escape.  If a pet does escape put a lost pet sign on your own lawn with your phone number.  People who find lost pets often drive around the neighborhood to try to find where the pet lives.

4. Do not put glow jewelry on pets.
While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and stomach upset could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.

Enjoy the holiday, but keep pets safe at home.

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