July 4th Safety Tips For Pets

1) Keep your pets sheltered indoors. Turn on the radio or TV for distraction.

2) Never leave pets alone outdoors, even if you have a fenced yard. Dogs especially may escape and become lost or injure themselves by chewing or choking on their leashes.

3) Do not take your pet to a fireworks show or leave it in your car unattended. If you must be outside with your pet, be sure to keep it on a leash or in a carrier.

4) Protect animals from children who may not realize that waving sparklers or setting off "safe" firecrackers could upset a family pet.

5) Keep your pet's I.D. tags current, so you can be reunited easily in the event it runs away. Microchip your pet.

6) Horses may need to be sedated. Make sure all sharp objects are removed from their enclosures. If you have stalls, keep them in their stalls rather than outside.

7) Remember that pets do not understand holiday festivities, the sounds and sights of which can actually be a traumatic experience.

8) Never light fireworks near barns or fields, as it is an extreme fire hazard. And, horses can be especially frightened by fireworks, causing them to run through fences and become lost or injured. They can also injure people when they are startled by the lights and noise.
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