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Keep pets safe this 4th of July PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Monday, 01 July 2013 09:59
The 4th of July is the perfect time to be outdoors; from celebratory fireworks to hot dogs on the grill, it is a time for joy and outdoor celebrations. Besides the usual red-white-and-blue decorations, grilling and firework displays, there are always necessary precautions we need to take to ensure safety and fun for all - even your dog.
When it comes to fireworks, the loud explosions and toxic chemicals used to create these displays can cause severe panic and potential harm to your pets. By ensuring their safety with a few simple steps and tips, everyone can enjoy this great holiday.  
Below, find a series of tips on this topic:
Make a Plan: If you're holding a 4th of July party or attending one away from home, plan accordingly. The safest way to keep your pet and guests safe is simply by leaving your pets home and secured indoors. When it comes time for the fireworks make sure your pet is secured inside without any escape route. Try to mask the noise with a radio or TV to help ease your pets' stress.
Relax & Unwind: To help ease your pets stress and help them relax quicker, spend the afternoon playing with your pet. By tiring them out earlier they are less likely to become excited too easily after being exhausted. If you do spend the day outside with your pet always keep in mind they need shade and plenty of water as always.
No Punch for Pets: We all know we slip our pets a little goody from the table here and there, but this holiday you should refrain from feeding them scraps; certain foods can make them ill and cause stomach issues. Keep Fido on his normal diet of dog food and maybe a bone for being such a good party guest.
SPF: Although it is possible for pets to be effected by the sun, heat and insects that indulge at summer parties, do not spray with SPF or bug spray unless specifically made for pets.
Pay Attention: Make sure all food, alcohol and especially any fireworks are out of harm's way for your pets. If they become curious and don't have good table manners, your pet may jump and grab something. So if you know your pooch is curious keep those things on higher tables or inside when your don't need them where they can be found.
The Day After: Cleaning up and making sure your home and yard is safe is essential. What goes up must come down; ensure no scraps or fireworks have landed in your yard, even already used fireworks still have dangerous chemicals and toxins still on them.

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