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4th of July and Your Pet's Safety

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With Independence Day quickly approaching, it's important for pet owners to remember how dangerous this holiday can be to our pets. Fireworks, though stunning for humans, can be terrifying for pets. They aren't fun for them and can evoke extreme negative reactions.

You can take the following precautions to ensure the safety of your pet:

1. Keep your dog at home. Though Fido loves a car ride, taking your pet to a crowded and loud fireworks display is a recipe for disaster. Your normally mild mannered pet could bolt into the crowd, into traffic, react violently out of fear with other humans or attempt to capture the fireworks in their mouths. Even though I think it goes without saying, the car is not an appropriate place for your pet. Cars can skyrocket in temperature and become oven like death traps for your pet in a short amount of time. It's better to just leave them at home.

2. Watch the food. The 4th of July comes with barbecues and picnics, which are great for humans! But they also come with things that can be dangerous for your pet – make sure that your guests know not to feed your pet and that all food is secure and out of their reach.

3. Leave the pets inside. Outdoors is a bit scary for pets during fireworks and they may attempt to seek cover in an inappropriate location or to simply bolt away into the night. Either way, it's best for your pet to be inside your home on safe and familiar territory.

4. Make sure everyone has ID. No matter how careful you are, accidents can and do happen. Your pets can escape accidentally or become lost. By ensuring they have an ID tag on, should the worse happen, you will be able to be reunited with your pet.

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Independence Day!

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