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Have a Fun and Safe 4th of July

Perhaps the most fun filled summertime holiday is the Fourth of July. The day is usually filled with picnics, swimming, lounging in the sun, and fireworks. Having a good holiday depends on having a safe one, and for most folks with family pets, they are included in the equation.

Bombs bursting in air on the Fourth of July may make you feel patriotic, but your pet may be frightened. Some animals do fine and donít seem to notice the fireworks. Some do well with just having their owner near, talking in a soothing voice and petting or holding them. Some experience extreme fear and anxiety and may hurt themselves trying to escape the loud noises. Some of the commonly seen signs of fear that pets may show when exposed to the sounds and smell of fireworks may include shaking, trembling; excessive drooling; barking, howling; hiding; trying to get into or out of the house or fence; refusing to eat; and from prolonged stress, loss of bladder or bowel control.

The days after July 4 are some of the busiest days for animal shelters where high numbers of phone calls for lost pets and stray animals are received. If you follow a few safety tips for Independence Day you can greatly reduce the chances of losing your pet.

* Keep your pets inside the house in a quiet, protected room where the sounds will be muffled, and where he can feel safe.

* If your pet is frightened, divert its attention by playing a game or practicing an obedience routine.

* Donít try to force a scared cat from its hiding place.

* Make sure your cat and/or dog is wearing an identification tag.

* Donít take your pets to a fireworks display. Your petís ears are much more sensitive to sounds than our own ears. Explosive noises may damage your petís hearing, or a falling firecracker may injure the pet. Pets and fireworks just donít mix.

One more thing about Independence Day celebrations...

What kind of holiday would it be without the picnics and barbecues? Holiday feasting means lots of fun foods for everyone. Most pets are on pretty strict diets with limited extras. If your pet doesnít normally eat hamburgers and hot dogs, a few on the side can lead to a bad upset stomach. For those who will celebrate the holiday with fried chicken, remember that the bones can splinter and cause severe injury to any pet that eats them. Dispose of leftovers properly, whether you are at a picnic spot or at home.


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