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4th of July: Tips for keeping our pets safe

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We’ve got the 4th of July weekend coming up … a time where we humans are looking forward to some time off, maybe a picnic dinner or BBQ, and of course some great fireworks displays on Sunday evening of the 4th. Unfortunately, our pets don’t usually feel the same about all those bright flashes, loud explosions and the acrid smell of burning fireworks. This is the biggest freak-out weekend of the year for our pets … when more terrified dogs and cats get lost than at any other time.

To help you and your pets make it through the next few days, here are some handy tips for keeping your pets safe during the 4th of July by The Humane Society of the United States. Please read them carefully and do what they say. The lives and well-being of your family pets may depend on it. Thanks for caring. /Gary
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Posted on Friday, July 2nd, 2010
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4th of July: No picnic for pets — here are some handy tips to help

Happy 4th of July!


Whatever you do … DO NOT take your pets with you to see the fireworks! They are better off at home.


** Leave your pet at home. Fireworks displays can be disorienting and frightening to pets, even those animals that are used to going places with their humans.
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Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
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4th of July: a BLAST for people, NO picnic for pets; some handy tips

Here are some handy tips for a happy and safe Fourth of July.


First and foremost: your pets are better off at home. Whatever you do … DO NOT take them with you to see the fireworks!
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Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
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Your pets and the Fourth of July

This is from my Sunday, July 2 column, in case you miss it:


More pets get lost on the Fourth of July than at any other time of the year when the sounds of fireworks and the acrid smell of burnt rockets and firecrackers frighten them into running away.

** Make sure your cats and dogs are wearing collars with your phone number and address on them and the magical words, "Reward if found and returned." If you don’t have a collar or tag, you can make a temporary one for a cat or dog out of masking tape. Write the necessary ID information on top of the tape with a ball-point pen.

** Indoor pets will always need identification. They are the most likely pets to get confused and lost if they escape. They’re not used to being outside.

** Keep your nervous pets in a quiet, familiar place where they’ll feel safe and secure. One of your bedrooms is perfect. Be sure and pull the drapes and turn on the animals’ favorite TV show to help cover up outside sounds.

** If you’re really concerned about how your dog, cat, or pet bird is going to react to all the noise and strange smells of the Fourth, STAY HOME so you can keep an eye on things!

Watching a few fireworks isn’t worth it if you end up losing your pet.

** If you do lose your dog or cat, call your local animal shelter. This should be followed up with an actual visit to the shelter as soon as possible. Don’t just call. Descriptions given over the phone can easily be misinterpreted. Visit the shelter daily if you don’t find your pet immediately. Pets can turn up days or weeks after they have been lost.

I hope you and your pets have a safe and sane and fun holiday!

Posted on Friday, June 30th, 2006
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